It’s about time I update this old thing, huh? Plenty of updates and news to come (from my new home in JACKSONVILLE! And no, I didn’t foresee this move when I named my dog earlier this year...), but I wanted to share a little bit about the art I worked on during my last few weeks in Tallahassee.
If you’ve seen me in the last two years, you probably know how tough the grad school journey has been (sometimes I feel like the before and after version of me is similar to those before/after shots of presidents at the start and end of their term...ha!). So, naturally, some time (read: two solid months) was necessary to unwind, reclaim a normal sleep schedule, get anxiety in check, and actually do fun things!
I took a nearly two-year hiatus from painting during school--partly due to a lack of time, partly due to a lack of creative energy, partly due to a puppy who’ll pick up any and everything left on the floor. I was so excited to get back into it that I spent a few days exploring new subject matter and new techniques. Long story short, two years of not creating or selling many paintings means I had a lot of the same old same hanging on my wall for way too long...so I covered them in a light coat of white paint and got to work recovering!
This project was one of the first times that painting was a personal experience for me--old paintings held old memories, new subject matter reflected the changes that’ve taken place in my life since moving to Tallahassee--in each of these paintings, the hues and patterns of old paintings peek through and form a base for the multiple layers of color and texture used in each piece (acrylic paint, pastel, crayon, marker, pen…#leftovercraftsupplies).
Florida's Forgotten Coast is a truly special place--only a short drive from Tallahassee, the area is full of quiet beaches, nature preserves, friendly folks and places that are reminiscent of what Florida used to be. Pristine nature, gorgeous scenery, relaxing vibes--and the best oysters I've ever had! It's like going back to another time, and many spots became a quiet escape from the stresses of life and grad school.
It was a really fun process to create these paintings, relive old and new memories, and explore new places--good and bad--as I painted. You can view a few of these pieces in my shop--I hope you enjoy!