My roots are both rural and urban. I was born on a farm in Georgia, delivered by my great-grandmother, the local midwife and matriarch of the family. She raised me until she passed away, when I was 11 years old; then I moved to live with my mother in the inner city in Miami, Florida. My work reflects these two juxtaposing worldviews, and is antecedent to the multiple layers, meanings and ambiguity of my art.
I received my B.F.A. from the University of Miami with a major in painting and a minor in printmaking, and my M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where I concentrated on painting and drawing.
After I received my M.F.A., I moved to New York City. I thrive on city life, and I imagine that the city feeds me in unfathomable ways. Sometimes it feels like it feeds on me, too – I’ve worked as a bartender in multiple restaurants and managed innumerable social events as a manager. I’ve been an actor in film and on the stage, and a print model for a myriad of commercial products and services. Through it all, my art has been my touchstone. It’s where I’m able to explore and experiment, allowing me the freedom to visually document the existential nature of our beings. For me, the psychological journey is the heart of my message as I honor and elevate femininity.
Fragmentation, Rhythm, Vibration, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, 2011
Midsummer Salon, Bowery Gallery, New York, New York, 2019
3rd Annual Invitational, Noho M55 Gallery, New York, New York, 2019
Sound & Image, Westbeth Gallery, New York, New York, 2018
Form and Function, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri, 2016
75th Anniversary Exhibit, Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, New York, 2015
ITAA Live Runway Exhibition, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference, Innovations in Cotton, Cotton Incorporated Design Award, Second Place - Professional Level, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2014
Works on Paper, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, 2014
The Image and the Word, Westbeth Gallery, New York, New York, 2012
Holiday Invitational, Federation of Modern Sculptors and Painters, Broome Street Gallery, New York, New York, 2011
Works on Paper, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York, 2011
Gallery of Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, New York, New York, 2010
Picturing the Lower East Side, Educational Alliance Gallery, New York, New York, 2010
Invitational Group Exhibition, Lafayette Grill, New York, New York, 2010
Private Show, New York Mercantile Exchange, New York, New York, 2010
On-Line Exhibition, American Juried Art Salon, 2010
Juried Group Show + 4 Mad Men, Gallery 225, New York, New York, 2008