Visual Artist: Painting
Artistic Style My childhood was split between living on the bayous of Louisiana and living in Nashville, Tennessee; thus I was influenced by both cultures. Many of my paintings have a psychological story and include fairies, angels, spirits, and bright colors. Some people describe my artistic style as expressionistic, fantasy, or any combination of the two. I’ve always had my own style, and my paintings reflect the struggles I’ve been through in life.
I am basically self- taught in art, though I was exposed to some teachers such as the late Juanita Greene Parks and Hazel King, and did some independent studies at Belmont College.
Shows: 2011 Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA 2010 All About Art, Moss Rehab Hospital, Elkins Park, PA 2009 Creative Expressions 15, Kennedy Center-Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 2008 The Artist’s Voice, Frist Center, Nashville, TN 2007 Creative Expression and Recovery: A Path to Mental Wellness, Parthenon Gallery, Nashville, TN Visions of the Heart, VSA Arts of CT, Bridgeport, CT 2005 Take Me to the River, Inside Out Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 2004 Arts on Main, Shelbyville, KY Arts on the Hill II, Kansas City, MO 2003 Striped Door Gallery, Nashville, TN 2002 Arts Unites Us All, Loto-Quebec Gallery, Montreal, Quebec National II Exhibition, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL Brush Strokes, VSA Ky Gallery, Louisville, KY 2001 ABD16, Cal State University Design Gallery, Long Beach, CA Fall Fest 2001, Belle Meade Mansion, Nashville 2000 VSA Arts of Kentucky Gallery, Louisville, KY Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum, Clarksville, TN 1999 VSA Arts’ Art and Soul Festival, Los Angeles VSA Arts Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA VSA Arts Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL VSA Arts Gallery, Montreal, Quebec America Oh Yes Gallery, Hilton Head, SC 1998 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC (chosen for inclusion in archives) Fall Fest’98, Belle Meade Mansion, Nashville Museum of American Folk Art, New York City (chosen for inclusion in archives) VSA Arts Invitational, Lexington, KY Dan Prince Folk Art Collection, Vanderbilt University, Nashville She can currently be seen at: James-Ben Studio & Gallery, Greeneville, TN Tennessee Artisan Markey Gallery, Dickson, TN