My final two pieces created at the Horlock House: 1.Self Creation – watercolor, acrylic & ink on paper 2.Let’s Be Friends – acrylic, ink & collage on canvas. Huge thanks to the Brazos Valley Arts Council, my fellow artists Apinya and Ian and the city of Navasota for a tremendous experience!




June acrylic, ink and digital photograph collage on board. I used photographs taken a few years ago from the area I grew up in to make this piece about how I relate to my surrounding environment. Participating in this residency has been the longest stretch of time I have ever spent away from Colorado, so this work was a chance to reflect on how intertwined my identity can be with my memories which have largely occurred in the same environment over the years.

June watercolor, acrylic and ink on paper. This painting/illustration is about how at times simply looking up and taking in the greater workings of the natural world can provide necessary perspective amidst the overwhelming ups and downs of day to day life. Personally, I know I can tend to be in my own head far too much, but reminding myself of the macro, the larger view of what’s going on beyond my own thoughts, lessons the weight of anxiety and stress.


acrylic and ink on digital photography 1- what you did and the effect it had on me 2- what I needed from you and what I didn’t get 3- what I learned from you. The titles for these pieces came from a visualization exercise my friend who is a therapist was telling me about one day. After giving some thought to the prompts, I decided to paint the figures with them in mind, both in terms of myself as well as people in my life I’ve been close to. I had taken the photographs of the window glass a few months prior because I enjoyed the different ways it looked depending on the time of day and weather outside. Upon thinking about the idea for the triptych I thought it would be neat to use some of those photos that maybe in an abstract way could correspond with the titles.


But Today, You See, Is A New Day – acrylic & ink on canvas – This work, a sunrise view out of my bedroom window here at The Horlock House, developed layer by layer over a longer stretch of time than I typically create pieces from start to finish. This extended time to sit with the picture gave my initial idea room to grow and maturate into what is posted here below. While the finished piece is essentially a carrying out of what first inspired me, I made some decisions in the process that I feel added more to it both visually and conceptually. The text around the border of the canvas is a collection of excerpts from my personal writings in several years worth of sketchbooks.