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About Me :  I have been an artist my entire life. My earliest experiences of community happened inside the walls of the private art studio where I took lessons. In this great company of artists, I not only gained the foundational knowledge to build my skills, I was also given permission to play, experiment and experience. It was there that my life long love affair with watercolors, wet painting mediums and exploring textures began. 

I live outside of Austin, TX with my guitar playing, skateboarding husband and two crazy, creative kids.

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About  My Process: The majority of my artwork are created as stand-alone pieces. Most often I come to my drawing table and simply start to play with color, texture and mark making.  There are times when I have an idea to work through but usually my paintings are created in the moment.  When I paint in this intuitive, abstract manner I have the most freedom, the greatest joy and undeniable delight in my work. Painting has become a language of prayer for me and it is in these times that I am fully myself and fully known. 

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About My Journey: My life as an artist has gone through many seasons. From being a professional in the design industry, to discovering a passion for teaching others, to becoming an artist with a studio practice and creating a body of work – it has been a journey with priceless lessons, which have shaped me in every way. 

I grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania where I started taking art lessons as a child.  At a young age my artwork had a very strong inclination towards design. This would eventually lead to me attend Syracuse University where I graduated with a BFA in Surface Pattern Design. For seven years following, I  worked designing and styling wallpaper collections. I loved being a part of an industry that was steeped in such wonderful history, but  I also  knew that being a designer wasn't what I was meant to do long term. There was something missing from my creative life, although  I couldn't articulate exactly what it was. 

In 2006 my husband and I moved from our home in the northeast to Texas.  It was during this time that I started to teach art privately for local art studios. Teaching set my heart on fire. It was, and still is, my way of paying forward all of the wonderful knowledge others have generously poured into me.  In 2012 I started my own mobile art business called Art Spark.( You can find out more information about this under the Painting Parties tab at the top of the page.) Even with the passion and purpose I found in teaching, I still felt that nagging inside that there was more for me to do.  Something more to create. 

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In the beginning of 2016 I was desperately needing to change something in my life. The ups and downs of every day had caught up with me and I was tired. It was during this time that I began to paint. And paint. And paint. And paint. Through a lot of journaling and soul searching I realized that my entire life I had created art for everyone else. It wasn't that there was anything wrong with that, but somewhere along the line, painting for the pure love of painting and exploration and DELIGHT had gotten lost.  And with that so did my sense of who I was created to be.   

Since then I have come to realize that it is the combination of both teaching and being a studio artist that bring wholeness to my life.  I create art because I believe I can't not create it;  it is what I was made to do. 

"Releasing the art alive within you is about waking up to God and responding in worship."   

Emily Freeman, A Million Little Ways