Nashville, TN | Painting
I grew up in Nashville, TN in the suburbs along with my two older siblings. My home had a lot of different types and styles of fabric in it due to its diversity. My mother is British and filled the house with gentle floral and vegetative patterns. My father’s side of the family brought fabrics that were in the traditional Mexican style and colors. My parents primarily owned clothes from the 1980’s that were bold and bright. I am a timid person so such loud fabric worn by my parents embarrassed me. All these various fabrics and patterns have influenced so much so they have become the star of my work.
Since college, (one year at Kansas City Art Institute, two years at Nashville State Community College, and three years at University of Tennessee, Knoxville) I have reconnected with my love for patterns and have been working nonstop at finding my voice in the art world. I have been exhibited in Knoxville, New York, Tennessee, and North Carolina so far in my art career. I am currently painting as a full time job in my at home studio in Nashville.
As a child, I was impacted by my parent’s clothing growing up in the 1990’s along with all the fabric I was surrounded by at home. The loud patterns of the 1980’s embarrassed me as a kid; I specifically remember my father’s swimming trunks. Through my work, I am trying to work through my feelings of embarrassment associated with different color combinations that was implanted in me when I was young. Bold and bright colors still make me wince a bit especially when worn on the body. I am trying to push my limits of what is acceptable to me and explore color further.
Each painting starts out at a second-hand store. I search for fabric that I am attracted to either through nostalgia or color palette. Once the fabric is stretched, I alter the pattern. I follow some selected lines in the original design or lay another graphic pattern over it. My goal in altering these patterns is to become inspired by their form and create something new out of something familiar.