ABOUT THE WORK
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I started folk art painting while living in the Deep South. Southern folk artists like Mose T. who painted on what I call “reckless mediums (old wood, and fallen house shingles) inspired me. This style, free and spontaneous, was complementary to the way I had been taught to think about art: that art came from the purest, truest and most spontaneous part of ourselves.
So on the eve of my fortieth birthday I was sitting in a dental chair in Montgomery, Alabama and I hated what they were doing to me. The equipment was outdated and the whole thing made me think that I couldn’t possibly turn forty betraying my inner voice. So, I leapt out of the dental chair and went home and started painting. And while I did in fact return to a better dentist, I never stopped painting. I studied science, but have always been an artist.
I paint primarily on found objects and furniture. I paint what I call “glass canvases” with a technique I call “forward and reverse painting on glass.” I use both front and back surfaces of a piece of glass building many layers on each side to create depth and perspective. I am celebrating the life of objects created by hand in another time. I strive to bring them into a contemporary value celebrating the lives that created them while channeling my own thoughts into the joy of my work.
My creations are in collections all over the world. I have had a recent solo show at the Children’s Museum of Virginia; exhibited at the National Museum for Women in the Arts; I am a member of the Torpedo Factory in the Washington D.C. area; I have pieces in notable collections. Even First Lady Laura Bush has received a Sissy Painting as a birthday gift.
Read more in the full interview from the Torpedo Factory.