Our East Longmeadow, MA Painting with a Twist Artists
I grew up in Florida on a beautiful lake, but I wanted the highest quality of education in visual arts, so I moved to New England and received my BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2010. I studied the old master's techniques such as observation, color theory, basic principles and elements of art and design.
My work consists of landscapes, portraits, and random abstract shapes and colors. I mostly use watercolor for my smaller paintings. I also use oils, acrylics, charcoal, and ink to visualize simple and complex imagery using traditional techniques. There is no established style or narrative within my work, and I don’t attach my work to a single genre or subject matter because the possibilities of art are infinite.
Locally born and raised. Self-taught, I am always learning. I love being creative! Whether it's painting murals and other commissions, designing tattoos for my friends and clients, writing songs and music with my band, or just hanging out cooking at home; I am always looking for new and fun ways to create and express myself.
I work at a school for special needs children during the day and am going to school for Art Therapy. When I am not being creative I enjoy reading and music, laughing and telling bad jokes. I love being outside and hiking. But don’t even get me started on movies and videogames! (Otherwise I won’t ever stop!)
My artistic styles range from Surreal and abstract to traditional and Contemporary. Typically, I just try to go with whatever inspires me at the moment. “The world is a canvas and we are the brushes…”
I was born in Maine, but grew up in small mill town in Pennsylvania. From early on I knew art was my thing. So it was no surprise to anyone when I graduated high school I headed off to Maryland Institute College of Art. Four years in Baltimore taught me that I'm not really a "city girl", but it connected me with the love of my life, my husband. I now live in Western Massachusetts, where I am mom to two lovely girls. I spent fourteen years teaching and earned my Masters of Education. I am now taking some time to return to my artistic roots.
Drawing and watercolor is where it all began as a child here in Western MA. My life's many travelled chapters have always had a space kept aside to focus on my love of art. In high school I discovered sculpture, then Community College taught me from the origins of drawing to modern computer arts. My favorite current activity - besides painting - is working with stained glass. If not for the support and teachings from family, I'd likely never have developed interest into skill. I have always been one to follow my heart and today another life-long dream is finally coming true: Thanks to a wicked cool community business I am teaching children how to open their imaginations and share the picture with their world. Life is good.