The art term, chiaroscuro, would best describe my art and my personality. Chiaroscuro is the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting. Because my work varies from warm and whimsical to dark, moody, and vulnerable, it can be difficult to put under a single style or persona. Looking at my work and life as you would a piece of art - it would not be as interesting or display such depth without the joyful brights and twisting shadows.
A UNITING FACTOR
The common vein in all my work is storytelling. Though the mediums vary, I use my art as a life journal, a tool for connecting and spreading awareness, and a vehicle for joy and whimsy. I tell the story of my own experiences, share the journey of those living with invisible illnesses, and provide a visual to further the depth of a character or concept.
A QUICK ARTIST'S HISTORY
I have been making art my whole life and followed that path into a degree in Graphic Design in 2006 in Madison, WI. While paying my way through college, I worked as a cake decorator and a face painter. I pulled skills and techniques from all of these fields and you can see that in my art, especially within the swirls.
In 2012, I competed and earned the title of Madison's RAW Visual Artist of the Year and in 2013, I decided to take the jump into life as a full-time artist. Also, around that time, I was struggling with chronic pain and infertility caused by endometriosis. I tried to balance work with self care and multiple procedures and surgeries but it was difficult to keep up.
A dream came true though and I successfully got pregnant in 2014
(a difficult thing to do with such advanced endometriosis). My creativity soared while pregnant. I got back in touch with with my love for whimsy while telling my own story and connecting with people affected by invisible illnesses through art.
After having my daughter in 2015, I needed to reevaluate and refocus. Being a new mother and adding a fibromyalgia diagnosis on top of endometriosis, I didn't have time or energy enough to do both my life and my art justice. It came down to priorities - family, health, and art.
I now divide my time between spending quality moments with my daughter, taking the steps I need to care for my body and mind (including using my art to be an advocate for those with invisible illnesses), and striving to advance my creative skills through personal art and illustrating children's books. Once I found this balance, my art has thrived and grown in my quiet home art studio and I take joy in sharing it and connecting with others through my creations.