I grew up in a toxic environment where my role models were my abusive, alcoholic parents, and my heroin-addicted brother. Most nights were filled with arguments, screaming, and violence. My only escape was through my art. My safe haven was a locked door, calming music, and a brush. I truly believe that art is the reason I was able to avoid being sucked into this toxic environment, and for this reason, I can write this letter today. I owe my life to art. It was, and always will be, my therapy. I
In my artwork, I deliberately push the boundaries and preconceptions of art in all forms. I’m interested in pushing color past conventional use and visceral expectations. It takes on a unique personal framework, as well as new meanings and emotions. Each color intends to trigger an emotional response, so pay attention. Every brushstroke, proportion, color, and shape have a specific purpose and intention. I want color on everything, all the time, for eternity. I envision color expanded across plains while altering tones in a way that makes sense to my eyes, my vision. Magic realism is the term I feel fits around my artwork because I strive for detail and realism, all the while bringing in my expressive and radiant touch, to create artwork that makes sense to the mind and that embraces aspects of the soul.
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I graduated with an Art major and psychology minor from UW-La crosse May of 2019. I am currently applying to Graduate schools for my masters in Art Therapy.
-La Crosse Community Foundation’s Scholarship
-Coulee Region Professional Women Scholarship
-Max Winter Memorial Scholarships in Photography (SAC) award
-All Students Art Juried Exhibition 2017, 2018, & 2019: I had one piece selected for each year
-Ruth Ann Knapp Award for Metals and Jewelry- My metal piece Friendly Kraken received this award at the All Students Art Juried Exhibition 2018
-Fannin Counseling & Art Therapy Grand Opening Shift Exhibition 2018: Two of my paintings were chosen to be featured in the grand opening of Fannin Counseling & Art Therapy. I have also been selected for the next showing called Shadow.
-Undergraduate Research Grant: Adaptive Painting Styles
-The Catalyst Journal- Two of my pieces were selected to be featured in Volume 16
Pg. 69 & 73
-I also had one of my pieces published in Volume 17 of the Catalyst
-Dean’s List for Academic Honors for Spring 2017, Fall of 2017, & Spring 2018
-Octoberfest Mural painter 2018
– Clarity: Senior Exhibition, April 2019
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