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Henry David Thoreau said, "Live the life you have imagined." And since a very young age, I have imagined myself living the life of an artist. In fact, my very first career aspiration in preschool was to be an artist for children's books.
Like Thoreau's Walden, I grew up in a cabin in the woods and credit this nature-filled existence with my love of flowing lines, rich color, and affinity for creatures (especially cats) all seen through my paintings. Both my mother and grandmother are artists and encouraged me to draw for recreation and expression, so I spent most of my childhood drawing. I began winning national level art awards as early as first grade.
So glad you're here!
I am a Mississippi artist, who grew up in Madison, and currently working and living in Ridgeland, MS. I graduated from Madison Ridgeland Academy in 2009, then from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013. At the end of my senior year, I fell in love with an artist and man of my dreams. We got married June 27, 2015 and welcomed our son Royce to the world on April 27, 2017 and our second son, Rowan, on September 12, 2020.
I have been painting pets with oil paints on canvas, watercoloring famous southern landmarks, and working as a graphic and web designer for the last ten years. After my second son was born, I took a good break from all those subjects and mediums. Recently, I began to experiment with charcoal and fell back in love with dry mediums. I dove headfirst into pastels (which were completely new to me) and came back to life as an artist. I drew my sons' portraits for fun, had an Instagram influencer beg me to draw her children, and the rest is history!
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