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.

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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.

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Photographing Navasota

Coming to Navasota from Houston, I had some plans for what I wanted to photograph during the residency, but knew very little about the town itself. Upon actually coming here, I became fascinated with the historic buildings, and particularly, the churches. The variety of stained glass they contained, both old and new, traditional and more contemporary, drew  my attention. In my senior year at Rice University, I created a photo series called Set In Stone, made up of photographs of thin-sections of rock printed on transparency and mounted in custom frames that backlit the images. One of the most common comments I received from those who viewed it was that they looked like stained glass. Moving onward from that project, I continued to work with transparency, and Navasota’s churches provided a perfect subject to utilize the medium. I already have a few pieces showcasing some of the stained glass and churches in town on display at the Horlock House, but I have many more in the works. Stop by and take a look!1K0A7270IMG_9499

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.

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Creative Paper Collage in Artist Connect Workshops

On March 20-21, 2018, I have done Artist Connect Workshops at Brule Elementary in Navasota and Crockett Elementary School in Bryan. As a mixed media paper artist, my workshops were about ‘Paper Collage’ introducing students to a technique of assembling various pieces of paper to create an artwork. Kids were excited to learn how to collage in different themes; food, fruit, ice cream, monster, and bunny. We had fun cutting and gluing color papers together and below are some pictures from the workshops.

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