I am an abstract artist from Oregon, living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am constantly surrounded by a flurry of colors, smells, new experiences and challenges that influence my work.
Growing up, I “couldn’t” draw...not even a stick figure. My handwriting was terrible, I didn’t color inside the lines; the last thing I was going to grow up to be was an artist. In high school, I had a required art class taught by a gruff, elderly man who challenged my belief that I wasn’t creative. He showed me how to translate what I saw, what I felt.
I didn’t grow up to be an artist, not at first. I built a fulfilling career as an RN, working long, hard hours doing something I loved. Every night I’d kick my shoes off my aching feet and I’d paint, and paint, and paint. Creating artwork fills my soul in a way that few other things can. When the opportunity came knocking, I sold everything I owned, moved halfway around the world to live in Vietnam as a full time artist.
Some days I stand in my little makeshift art studio and am filled with longing for the green and gray of Oregon forests and fog. Other days, I feel a rush of energy from the vibrant colors as I walk through the bustling markets in Vietnam. The otherworldly magenta of dragonfruit, deep purple of eggplant, silver scales of freshly caught fish.
For me, art is an expression of who I am. Were it not for my beloved art teacher, my innate creativity may never have reached the surface. When you purchase my artwork, you are taking home a piece of my journey and I hope it brings you joy.