I’m an artist and photographer of dogs, cats, horses, and nature in central Mississippi.
I grew up in Cape Girardeau, MO and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at Southeast Missouri State University. I have always enjoyed photography, but it was while I was in college that I began to take it more seriously, going to the barn nearly every afternoon to take photos of the horses, or spending some time in the backyard capturing the personality of my energetic dogs. After graduating college, I moved to Mississippi, taking my Missouri Fox Trotter mare, Mollie, with me, where she lives on 10 beautiful acres with two Peruvian Paso geldings.
After moving to Mississippi, I took up colored pencil drawing. I had been doing graphite drawings for years, but for some reason, never made the leap to color until after college. The detail and realism one can achieve in colored pencil is addictive and time consuming, but definitely fun. More recently, I got back into oil painting (something I hadn't done since college). I find oil painting to be liberating, with the ability to loosen up from extremely detailed realism, not to mention making mini paintings in a couple hours (rather than 8+ for a similar sized colored pencil drawing). My mini paintings tend to be experimental - ranging from experiments in color to variations of tight realism to something more painterly. My larger paintings still lean toward realism, but that may evolve over time.