|Meet the artist|
|What drives you and your creativity?||I've been 'arting' since before I could write. Capturing life through drawings, paintings, and photography has always been a passion of mine. I was traditionally trained in oils, but ended up following photography as my career path. I draw my inspiration from everything around me; from poetry to music to things in every day life.|
|What drew you to face and body painting?||I always loved watching the face painters in theme parks, and got my first 'kit' when I was 9 years old. I used to face paint all the kids that I babysat, which got me so many 'cool' points with the kids, but I never saw it as more than something fun to do, and I lost interest until I saw a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition with body painted models. From there I learned about FABAIC, and would look at the amazing photos from it every year, but still never saw it as something I could be a part of. Then I met Shannon Holt in a local tavern and she painted my arm. I was hooked. She asked me to model for her first pin up series. After that I volunteered to model for her friends at the Beautiful Deception art exhibit at the Roxy. That night I met all the people who would come to be my paint family! I started photographing body paints and events and just showing up at events to support this amazing group of friends I had just met. Then one day Mandi Ilene said, "Don't you have a background in art?" She handed me a paintbrush and here I am :)|
|Who is your favorite artist and why?||In which category? Hahaha. Honestly the first person who pops into my mind is David LaChapelle. His photography really grabbed my attention and doesn't let go. I can stare at his creations for hours just soaking in all the little details and meaning behind every single thing he does. I love when things have a background story and are much deeper than just something pretty to look at.|
|What do you consider some of your biggest accomplishments as an artist and as a person?||In the body painting world, my biggest accomplishments have been: Being a part of BASE Orlando's #HumanRainbow project, being invited to the Bahamas to showcase in the Voga runway in 2012, as well as winning 3rd place in the Cypress Cove bodypainting competition in 2015. I've also been honored to have my piece selected to grace the cover of the BASE Monthly magazine!
As a person, my biggest accomplishment is keeping 3 mini-me's alive and well. Being a good mother is the most important job I will ever have, and their opinion of me is the only one I truly care about. So, if they are happy and kind people, that is the biggest accomplishment I will ever achieve in life.
Artistically though, I measure accomplishments internally. I always try to push myself to do something outside my comfort zone. Something different, something new, something with a deeper meaning to it. When I can get my concepts to come to fruition, and I achieve what I set out to do, even if it is never as 'perfect' as I would want it.... That is my accomplishment!
Doing this type of artwork has introduced me to the most open minded, kind-hearted, and beautiful community that I have ever known, and no awards, trips, or secular accomplishments can ever top the friendships I have made during the journey. I have gotten to do some pretty awesome jobs and travel to some amazing places, and worked with top names in the industry... But those are just the perks ;)
When it comes to my photographic accomplishments: My photographic work has been displayed in Musée de l’Élysée in Switzerland, as well as locally in art events such as Nude Night Orlando, Nude Nite Tampa, and RAW Artists Orlando. My work has hung in galleries such as Art Affair, Abbey, Funky Trunk Treasures, Newfangled and others.
I have been published internationally in Illusion Magazine, Thrust Magazine, IST Magazine, Smithsonian Blog, Future Art Magazine, West Volusia Magazine as well as in newspapers.
I have had the privilege of working closely with several bands and singers such as Nova Rex and The Cog Is Dead. My photos have been used in their album art, DVD covers, and in promotional materials, websites, blogs, books, and in magazines. My photography has been used on records such as “Come As You Are - A 20th Anniversary Tribute to Nirvana” as well as on book covers, brochures and posters. From spring 2016-2022 I will have a photo on traveling exhibition with the Smithsonian in museums around the US.