About the Artist
I studied art and art history at Virginia Commonwealth University but it wasn't until 2018 that I started seriously devoting my time to developing my skill. I try to make time to paint every day and living in North Carolina inspires me to appreciate the beauty found in my natural surroundings.
I belong to a local Plein Air art group and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and enjoy being outside and painting the beautiful mountains and country landscapes. Animals, especially birds, are a favorite theme of mine. I typically work in watercolor and gouache and I am continually surprised by their versatility as a medium.
My goal as an artist is to highlight mediums, like watercolor and gouache, in the world of Fine Art, on par with oil painting. In the past, watercolor was considered a fleeting medium due to the lightfastness of the paints, but with professional quality pigments and proper care, a watercolor painting can last generations.
Gouache is often referred to as illustrator's paint because it gained popularity in illustrations and posters but gouache is an amazing medium and so much more. It can be used in light washes, like watercolor, or with heavy applications like acrylic and oil paints. Unlike acrylic and oil, gouache can be re-worked after drying which makes it one of the most versatile paints out there. Gouache was used by artists like Edward Hopper and Henri Mattisse.