I have always drawn as far back as I can remember.
A tulsa native, I graduated from Booker T. Washington in 1995.
From there I attended The University of Tulsa where I attained a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (emphasis on painting under Glen Godsey and Ceramics under Tom Manhart) with an Art History minor, a Bachelor’s in Education with an emphasis in art and a Bachelor’s of Psychology, where I had a preference for research. For my bachelor's Psychology I worked for Dr. Rudy in his psychophysiology lab https://artsandsciences.utulsa.edu/psychophys/
Later, I attended Oklahoma State University were I got a Bachelor’s in mathematics along with a hand full of Physics classes. I absolutely loved taking physics and math courses, such as optics, modern physics, mechanics, advanced linear algebra and cryptography. I worked one summer in Dr. Bandy's optics lab http://physics.okstate.edu/research/optics-and-photonics I stopped before getting a master's degree because I decided to have children. I'll go back someday.
After graduating from the University of Tulsa in 2000, I started working at Philbrook in the Preparator’s shop hanging the art shows. It was wonderful to get to see art up close and personal. An artist can learn a lot about technique just by examining master works.
From there, I worked under Janet Fadler Davie, a prominent muralist and faux finish painter in Tulsa, for 8 years. It was a cross between semi-apprenticeship and semi- subcontractor. I helped her on many murals and finishes as well as did a great deal of faux finishes on my own, with her as the middle man between me and the clients. During this time, I painted clouds on ceilings, painted a faux tile floor with moss in the grout for Julie Nickel, painted thousands of faux finished switch plates and vent covers, I distressed furniture, faux finished counter tops for clients of Charles Faudree and many different builders around town like Sam Hollinger, Brian Wiggs and so many I can’t remember all their names. Techinically, if you count everything I painted under Janet Fadler Davie, you could say that 99% of my art is in a private collection If you are interested in any finishes, she is still doing them and you can contact her ate http://www.janetfadlerdavie.com. She'll do an amazing job!
I’ve had two shows at The Tulsa Artist Coaltion. One was a solo show and the other was a joint show with Janet Davie. I frequently donate to their 5x5 and recently had a piece in their membership this last fall. I had a piece in the Gussman show as an undergrad at T.U. Also, I had a piece in the Seven State Biennial at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.
Currently, I am only painting from home since now I am a mother of two exuberant toddlers.