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Background Details



2018 Bachelors of Art in Painting, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

2016 Accademia del Arte, Arezzo, Italy, Summer Program


2019      Reclaimed! Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Fayetteville, NC

              Perspectives: America, Specto Art Space, VA

              Real People 2019, Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

              Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum’s 8th Annual Collectors’ Event, Collector’s Café and Gallery, Myrtle Beach, SC

2018     Senior Exhibition, Coastal Carolina University, SC

Awards, Fellowships, Honors

SP 2018          Cum Laude, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

2016-2018      Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

SP 2015- 2017 Dean's List, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC FA 2017 President's List, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

Bibliography (Reviews and Features)

    Morgan, Janet, "Coastal Carolina University students paint mural in North Myrtle Beach", The Sun News, June 20, 2017, http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article157196929.html

    Kisner, Joshua, “Myrtle Beach Art Museum hires CCU alumna as new art educator”. The Horry Independent Business Journal, July 1, 2019, https://www.myhorrynews.com/eedition_the_horry_county_business_journal/page-e/page_9bf1d3b6-2c6a-5044-88bb-e20ad08c05a0.html

Professional Experience

2019-current Children’s Art Educator, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC

2019                Painting Assistant to Sculptor Jim Swaim, Longs, SC

2019                Private Fine Arts Tutor, North Myrtle Beach, SC

2018                Art Education Intern, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC

2018                Painting Instructor, Wine and Design, North Myrtle Beach, SC

2017                North Myrtle Beach Masonic Lodge Mural, Collaboration with ARTS 499 class, Under the instruction of Cat                                Taylor, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

2017             Composite Photography, Induction, Phi Sigma Pi, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

Related Experience

SP 2016         Life Drawing Model, ARTS 212 under the instruction of Treelee  

                       MacAnn, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC                                                                                     2017- 2016  Art History Tutor, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC


My work grows from experiences and failures and changes their perspective. I find myself fixated on how nostalgia evokes certain emotions and shapes perspectives. Portraiture is visually intriguing and the process of building a portrait is just as fascinating as shaping the argument. I use portraiture to attach a human element to emotions and it humanizes the experience that may otherwise be detached from the viewer. I am interested in distorting the portrait just enough to remove their identity and create an invasive atmosphere by pushing the figures to the foreground and limiting the background space. It creates a spatial discomfort and confrontation with the emotion rather than the individual. The figure is representative of anyone who fills the narrative. My study of nostalgia has uncovered that while the stories have different structures, the themes provoke the same sentiments through the universal feeling of empathy. The identity no longer matters to the individual as the familiar, uncomfortable memory becomes the face. My work reflects a universal theme but ultimately stems from my own background. I touch on sensitive subjects from my past as a way of processing and learning from them. The core of my paintings and research stem from my father’s alcoholism and infidelity resulting in bringing a new sibling into my life.