Born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL, my experience with creating art started like most in my early years when I graduated from a visual art magnet program at Pinellas County Center for the Arts. I developed my passions for drawing, ceramics, printmaking, and painting while attending Maryland Institute, College of Art and graduated with a BFA in General Fine Arts. Continuing my scholastic experience, I worked on a Masters in Art Education from Ohio University, and understand what it means to share your art knowledge and inspire creativity in others. That summer culminated in a ceramic arts program that was geared toward at-risk and special-needs children who were given the opportunity to create clay pieces for the local cultural arts center which featured all of the children’s works in a show titled “Playing with Fire”. Following my journey to Arizona, I worked in community colleges and helped to maintain ceramic supplies and instructed students when needed. My professional art career began after moving back to Florida where I started working as an art consultant meeting designers and clients to match up amazing artists with incredible opportunities to show and sell their work. I currently create artwork in my home studio and at Red Tape Orlando.
In today’s fast-paced-insta-reaction-5 minutes-of-fame-wifi-world, real artists are needed more than ever to help process and communicate the visual world around them. Just as the invention of the camera shook the foundations of the traditional art world in the 19th century, the virtual frontier is beginning to reshape the world around us with augmented realities that blur the line between digital and real-life. It’s also in these spaces where audio and visual recognition devices are constantly looking for ways to capitalize on our “likes”. Visual artists are tasked to sort through these technologically driven artificial intelligence influences and offer humanity a real slice of life – to hold the mirror up to society and show its true nature and its repercussions. If a machine can be programmed to create artworks and virtual worlds, artists have to show what makes us human, our passions, our emotions, and our relationships with each other. Handmade is finally making its way back into trend, and that is where I will always be creating and communicating the visual world around me.