How did you become an artist?
I have painted for as long as I can remember, but never considered art to be a career option. So, I went to school for something more “practical” and spent about a decade working in advertising and branding in NYC. About half of my way through that, my soul started to let me know that this was just not going to fly long term.
It took me a few years to convince myself that I could be an artist and support myself at the same time, and gain the courage to quit my day job. Two years ago I took the leap, moved back to Austin to be close to family, and completely turned my life around and I’ve never looked back.
What inspires your aesthetic?
In terms of my style and inspiration - my parents were diplomats, and as a result I spent most of my childhood in Africa - Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Togo. So, I really got to experience a blend of different cultures from all around the continent. I was a very day-dreamy and visual little girl. I vividly recall the colorful, geometric patterns of the Ethiopian woven cloths against the white backgrounds. Africans still have a very strong culture of crafts, so there were handmade goods and markets that speckled almost every road. Since everything was handmade, it was all imperfect, and I thought that imperfection was beautiful. No two things were ever exactly the same. That has really influenced my own process and aesthetic. It’s about capturing the imperfections, the visceral response, the simplicity and life that is inherent in everything.