bio

I grew up in Southern Kentucky playing in the woods and farmland that surrounded our home. When I wasn’t outside, I was in arts classes, reading, or visiting history and science museums with my grandfathers, both of whom were deeply engaged in my development — one a retired draftsman and celebrated artist and the other a reformed missionary and archeologist.

My study of the humanities in college and my experience as a Montessori teacher have taught me the importance of not only our physical environments but also our emotional and relational environments.

For five years after college, I led a Montessori classroom while also pursuing art and writing on the side. Eventually, “doing it all” caught up to me, and I found myself hurtling toward burn-out. I realized I needed to get clear on my priorities — what would life look like if I only pursued what brought me joy?

I am living my answer.

I am passionate about creating and sharing art and artful experiences that bring us closer to the physical, emotional, and relational environments that support the best versions of ourselves.

I explore issues of self-acceptance, body positivity, and emotional intelligence in my work. I draw inspiration from interactions in my day-to-day, time in nature, and lately, I have been inspired by the work of Helen Frankenthaler, Laura Aguilar, Ed Weston, Camille Javal, Dorielle Caimi, Iringo Demeter, and Jonathan Kent Adams.

 
Photo by Michael Cheng

Photo by Michael Cheng

statement

During my time as an educator, I learned I am both a sensory-seeking and highly-sensitive person. As such, navigating life can sometimes feel like driving with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. I have strong moods, whims, and appetites, and I am deeply impacted by my environments — physical, emotional, and relational. 

Creating is an essential part of my self-care, giving me the space to explore my sensory needs and process each day's stimulation. As I create, pushing the medium to its brink and then reigning it in, my seeking and withdrawing behaviors manifest on the page. 

As I’ve deepened my creative practice over the past couple of years, I’ve discovered the process is now reflected in other areas of my life. I live more in harmony with my feelings and intuition than I ever have before. To me the creative process is simply the act of walking into the unknown and choosing to come out the other side better for it.

When I paint, the process is intuitive, physical, wildly expressive, and cathartic.

curriculum vitae

 

juried exhibits

Danville Arts Festival
Community Arts Center, Danville, KY, 2019

Essence of Form  
St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Clayon, MO, 2018

Horizon: Contemporary Landscapes
Community Arts Center, Danville, KY, 2018

Art Comes Alive
Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, OH, 2017
(received purchase award)

Horizon: Contemporary Landscapes
Community Arts Center, Danville, KY, 2016


selected features

artwork

Babe Fest, Diskin’s Cider, Nashville, TN, 2019
Diskin’s Cidar,
We-Ho Art Crawl pop-up, Nashville, TN July + August 2019
Channel to Channel, fine-arts gift-shop, Nashville, TN 2019
Arts Center of the Bluegrass, gift shop, Danville, KY 2019
Nashville Fashion Week,
A Lady of the Lake collaboration, Nashville, TN, 2019
Gulch Night Market
, Nashville, TN, Summer 2019
Anastasia Skin Care Studio, Nashville, TN, 2019
Ugly Mugs, Franklin, TN, 2019
The Porch, Nashville, TN, 2019
Franklin Art Crawl, Franklin, TN, 2018
Frothy Monkey, Franklin, TN, 2018
Group Exhibit: Ashley Trabue, Sarah Hammond, and Anna Ambrose, domestic environment, Nashville, TN, 2018

poetry

Lyrical Brew, Nashville, 2019; 2017; 2016
Black Dog Books
, Nashville, TN, 2019
Nashville Poetry Festival, Nashville, TN, 2019
Millersville Public Library, Millersville, TN, 2019
Idle Hour Reading Series, Nashville, TN, 2018


publication history


Dancing Girl Press, Vertebrae, poetry chapbook, 2019
Rebelle Society, Blueprint of a Buried Voice, 2018
Hobart, Murmuration 2017
Rockvale Review, three poems 2017
Ekphrastic Poetry Project, What if the Children are Not Spoiled 2017
Nashville Review, two poems 2015
Belmont Literary Journal, cover image, 2012



Hawai’i Volacnoes National Park, artist in residency finalist, 2019
Rockvale Writers’ Colony,
College Grove, TN, June 2018

residencies


education

Montessori Educational Institute of North America
3-6 American Montessori Society certification, art curriculum, 2014

Belmont University
B.A. in English, Painting, Elementary Education, 2012