Art has been with me from the beginning.  I am a fourth generation photographer and there has not been a time in my life when I was not drawing.  I studied photographic techniques as well as other art practices at Collin College in Plano, Texas and Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.  My father taught me the value of working with my hands and I have long found interest in everyday objects and absurdities.

            Much of my past artwork has served as a form of self discovery.  It looks inward at my own past experiences and the emotional journey of my life.  Several years ago, I dealt with a series of unfortunate life events, starting with the separation of my parents and leading through the death of my father, eviction of my sister and myself, and then sifting through the remnants of what my life had become. These events effectively served to deconstruct my assumptions of self identity and pushed me to find what defines me as well as the path I follow in life.  My work has utilized this journey as inspiration for a communication of who I am, as a person and as an artist, to the viewer.

           More recently my work has adopted a broader idea of perception.  After several years of seeking my own personal identity and its relation to my family, experience and surroundings, I have begun to look at identity in terms of how it may relate to a person, object or idea. I am currently looking at the way that constructs of ideas, language and culture affect the divide between perception and the truth of reality.

            The merger of photography with drawing, painting and sculpture has interested me for many years. I believe that the most significant advancement in contemporary art is the union between the art forms.  My experiments in process speak of crossing the false boundaries of tradition and hybridizing the art world into a singular entity.  I am particularly fascinated by the creation of sculptural photographic pieces.  The photographic print has long been thought of as a two dimensional image on paper.  My most recent work breaks from that tradition into new ground and is free from the boundary of the flat plane.  Pushing the work into the realm of sculpture allows for a wide range of aesthetics and conceptual practices. 

 

Education

2015-   MFA in Intermedia Studio Art, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX  

2014    BFA in Photography, Texas Woman's University, Denton,TX

2011    Associates of Arts in Photography, Collin College, Plano, TX

 

Exhibition Record

2016    MFA Summer Exhibition, UTA Art Gallery, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.

2016    Paper Weight, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX

2016    Temporary Collectives: Watchtower, 500 Singleton, Dallas, TX

2016    Rising Eyes of Texas, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX

2016    Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University Art Gallery, Denton, TX

2015    Sensuous World, The Galleries at Eastfield College, Eastfield College, Dallas, TX

2015    Made in Italy, Gallery West, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

2015    International Exhibition, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence Italy

2015    The Consortium, 500 Singleton, Dallas,TX

2014    Wunderkammer: Graduate Photography, Gallery 343, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

2014    Chaos to Clarity, BFA Exhibition, East Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

2014    Restless Delusions, Solo Exhibition, 010 Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

2013    Voertman's Student Art Competition, East Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

2012    Pathways: Texas Woman's University Student Sculpture Show, East and West Gallery, Texas          Woman's University, Denton, TX

2010    Disquiet: Unsettled Suburbia Reception, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

2010    Lost and Found Photography Scholarship Exhibition, The ARTS Gallery, Collin College, Plano,    TX

2010    Student Traveling Photography Exhibition, Orange Coast College, Mesa CA; Collin College,          Plano TX; Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta Canada;    Memphis College of Art,     Memphis TN; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2009    Obscura Photo Club Mobile Art Gallery, Deep Ellum Art Walk, Dallas, TX

2009    Seen and Unseen, 14th Street Gallery, Plano, TX

 

Grants/Awards

2016    Red River Paper Award, Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

2015    McDowell Travel Research Grant, McDowell Foundation, University of Texas at Arlington

2009    Photography Scholarship, Collin College, Plano, TX

 

LECTURES/Workshops

2015    Cyanotype Workshop, Find Your Space, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX]

2015    Graduate Tours Seminar, Forth Worth Modern Museum of Art, Fort Worth Texas

2015    Lumen Print International Demonstration, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence Italy

2015    Residence Lecture, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence Italy

2015    Association of Texas Photography Instructors, Winter Conference, Large Scale Cyanotype Workshop, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX