My art deals with identity and the human form. I am fascinated by the way that art can capture, glorify, and immortalize a person. Great portraits of the past often provide visual inspiration and a starting point for my own artwork. I absorb these influences and synthesize them with my own memories and experiences in order to create psychological self-portraits.
I also make mixed-media drawings in which I combine abstraction with figuration. My style features physical gestures, expressionist color, and ambiguous anatomy. My drawings articulate a duality as a physical record of personal expression while observing the world.
I am fascinated by the way that art can capture, glorify, and immortalize a person. Great portraits of the past provide visual inspiration and a starting point for my own artwork. I absorb these influences and synthesize them with my own memories and experiences in order to create psychological self-portraits. I insert my facial features as a self-portrait into these immortalized images. In “Self-Portrait as Madame Pompadour” I play dress-up with art history by taking on the clothing, hair, and environment of another persona. “Breadwinner” is a self-portrait in which I combine Vogue fashion spreads, Hans Holbein paintings, fauvist colors, and a cheeky expression. This is my version of a female power portrait by appropriating a male artist by using my own style, stance, and clothing.
While my paintings explicitly reference identity, I draw to show an inner struggle with duality. In the series “Remaking the Goddess”, I blur the identity of my figures and elevate their actions. They are contorted into uncomfortable poses, stripped of limbs, compressed, and tangled up in each other. Physical distortions convey the power of internal and external forces. I mix sand and sawdust with paint, then apply it with bursts of energy balanced by constrained movement. This results in a give-and-take of shape, color, and texture. While I revel in human anatomy through repeated drawing, many impulsive and disjointed elements persist. On the surface, my paintings are the physical process of formal abstraction. With a closer look, the competing figures suggest physical and psychological struggles with an uncertain outcome.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver. I have a studio at 40 West Studios and I am proud to be a part of the vibrant art scene of West Colfax.
Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Houston, TX, 2011
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Baltimore, MD, 2008
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art, with Painting Concentration, Baylor University, Waco, TX, 2007
Owner and artist at Hana’s Studio, Denver, CO, (previously Houston, TX) 2012-Present
“Pizza Supreme”, Mixed media painting on wood and plaster support (5 ft. diameter), for the Collection of Lan Williams, Houston, 2014
Logo for “Lady Killer Brewery”- Designed vinyl sticker and installed and spray-etched the logo onto glass doors of brewery, Houston, 2013
“Buffalo Bill and His Wild West Show”, history-inspired landscape painting, oil on canvas (6 x 10 ft);
“Into the Spirit World”, oil on canvas (6 x 10 ft); and
“The Underground Railroad”, oil on canvas (5 x7 ft), all for the Collection of Mike and Nancy Shoup, Sr., 2007-2010
“Portrait of Jon’s Hands” and “Portrait of a Doctor and his Niece”, (Americana-inspired portraits), both oil on canvas, (1.5 x 2ft) for the Collection of Robin Sawoska, Houston, 2014
TEACHING, COMMUNITY & OTHER EXPERIENCE
Writer and Assistant at Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, 2009-2013
Instructor: Fundamentals of Painting, University of Houston, 2011
Teaching Fellow: Life Drawing, University of Houston, 2011
Teaching Fellow: Fundamentals of Drawing, University of Houston, 2009-2010
Instructional Assistant, University of Houston, 2008-2011
Photoshop CS4 Workshop, 2010
Planning Committee for ‘Art. The Spring Show’, Spring Street Studios, 2012-2013
Chair, Installation Committee, “Charity Box Show”, Spring Street Studios, 2012-2013
Studied at Lorenzo De Medici Art Institute, Florence, Italy, 2005
“Paintings and Sculptures”, Rudolph Blume Fine Art/Artscan Gallery, Houston, 2015
“What’s in Store”, The UNIT Store, Houston, 2014
“The Fatal Shore”, Solo Exhibition, San Jacinto College, Clear Lake, TX, 2013
“49th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, 2013
“Hot Springs Regional Competition”, Fine Arts Center, Hot Springs, AR, 2013
“In Plain Sight”, McClain Gallery, Houston, 2012
“Belle Époque”, Darke Gallery, Houston, 2011
“MFA Thesis Exhibition”, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, 2011
“Portraits”, Solo Exhibition, UH Project Gallery, Houston, 2011
“Second National Juried Exhibition”, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY, 2008
“Cut and Run: Post-Bac Exhibition”, MICA, Baltimore, 2007
“Rites of Passage”, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007
“Remaking the Goddess”, Solo Exhibition, Baylor University, 2006
AWARDS & HONORS
Finalist, Hunting Art Prize, 2013
Joan Wich Scholarship and Delores Mitchell Scholarship;
Graduate Assistant Teaching Fellowship, University of Houston, 2010
Graduate Assistant Teaching Fellowship, University of Houston 2009
As a post-baccalaureate student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, I experimented with painting as a process. I made a video/performance that encompasses important aspects of my studio practice, including spontaneous action, gestural movement, and manipulation of the plasticity of paint. By first throwing the paint alone and then inviting my classmates to peel the paint, I explore the individualist construction versus the community deconstruction of a painting within an installation room.
I am interviewed by Ariane Roesch of UNIT about my background, artwork, and process at Spring Street Studios.