Having grown up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, I learned to associate the peaks and valleys with my father, who taught me the names of the bright blue ranges and how to find healing in the landscape. My mother, a painter, encouraged me to pursue drawing as guidance through the anxiety I experienced as a child. These grounding practices that I was given by my family have left me captivated by the concepts of home and belonging.
Within my work, I explore these concepts through narrative and whimsy. I draw storylines on functional work to elicit the feeling of place. Pitching a tent in the woods is a simple act, but it is one that denotes presence and the creation of your own home. This imagery depicts the playful, the magical, and the whimsical that exists within reality and our imaginations.