I am an abstract artist that creates fluid, landscape-inspired paintings. My work arises from an awareness and reverence for the physical environment around me.
My work feels like an adventure -
a vibrant, joyous yet at times terrifying - adventure through paint.
I soak and stain my canvases, shifting the pigmented water around on the substrate. This process allows a play between the intentional and incidental.
The paintings are meditations on calmness and energy, permanence and transience witnessed in nature. Living with one of my pieces brings a vivid and immersive presence to your space, an experience best appreciated in person.
A bit of history...
I am a graduate of Fairmont State University and West Virginia University, where I hold an Interdisciplinary BA in Studio Art/French and a BFA in Visual Art. While at FSU, I studied with acclaimed landscape painter Lynn Boggess and also met my future husband, Derek Overfield in drawing class! Trips to world-class museums in New York, London and Paris (where that French degree proved helpful!), further charged my love for art history and cemented our love of visiting museums together.
The time spent studying with Boggess instilled a deep appreciation for process and a strong work ethic, leading to several years of painting outdoors among the elements. That experience lends itself to the intensity and inspiration that I now draw on in the studio.
My work has been featured on blogs such as West Elm, HGTV, Elements of Style and Kelly Market. My husband and I live in a 1930's house tucked into the hills of West Virginia. We partially renovated our home to fit in a studio for both of us to share. Our two cats think it is a room created specifically for them to loaf around in.
My work feels like an adventure