It is always good to evaluate what you are doing in life, and who is involved. Which way are you going? Are people lifting you to a better life or bringing you down? You always want to move forward with whatever you are doing, and make sure that the people you are spending the most time with are doing the same. Who and what you surround yourself with is what you absorb and emit.Water Wheel Mixed Media – 3′ diameter 2015 It Spins! Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzG0nPDUyfk Exhibited at: Gallery 701 at the Long Center, January – October, 2016 (Austin, Texas) Art for the People, May – June, 2015 (Austin, Texas)
I am interested in power – whether it is the power of relationships or the literal interpretation of power that makes things run. This piece is my take on the water wheel that has played such a major role in our history, from the windmills that provided water to the rural communities, to the paddleboats navigating through the rivers. I have created this work for the viewer to spin, and have fun with the interaction it provides.
The longer you get to know someone, the more you become your own self. The more you feel there is a judgement-free zone between the two of you, the more confident you become, and you can truly have the mental freedom to express yourself. When you build this type of relationship, you can say what you want, whether it is being silly, or bringing up a matter that needs to be discussed. Communication is the key to being able to come out of our shells.
The tin boxes in this piece are licorice boxes, and as we all know, licorice is a very acquired taste, not for everyone. The mirrored profiles illustrate this idea that we all have an acquired taste for people we decide to bring into our lives. We are attracted to certain qualities in people, and sometimes these qualities can be slow to develop. When we like certain aspects about people we meet, we want to involve them in our lives, whether it is immediately, or after we have given them the chance to grow on us. Both are equally important in the life experience.You & Me: In the Hill Country Blues Mixed Media – 6’3″ x 6’3″ x 1′ 2013 Exhibited at: Gallery 701 at the Long Center, January – October, 2016 (Austin, Texas) Bluebonnets are iconic to the central Texas Hill Country. Every spring, thousands of people flock to the fields of bluebonnets to take photographs of their families and friends, and artists bring the blue and violet fields to life in paintings. This is my version of the Texas bluebonnets. My family used to have a river house on the Pedernales River, and every year, we would revel in the beautiful fields of bluebonnets. This piece invites the viewer to be a part of the field of bluebonnets by being reflected in the mirror profiles. This is my way to interact with our beautiful state flower. Different Strokes for Different Folks Mixed Media – 6′ x 4′ 2013 SOLD Exhibited at: People’s Gallery at the Austin City Hall in 2013 Different Strokes for Different Folks. Ain’t that the truth! We all have different paths we take in our lives that creates our story. There are going to be the ups and downs, but in the end we each have a special light in us that makes us unique and each our own person.