In 2013 I traveled to Turkey on a Fulbright Fellowship to study Anatolian textiles. Since then I have attended six artist-in-residence programs to travel abroad for months out of the year, visiting Morocco, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the United Kingdom. Along the way I kept a pictorial diary, filling four Moleskine sketchbooks with acrylic-ink paintings that illustrate my travels.
Each painting depicts a landscape or memory embellished with handwritten poetry, building a five-year narrative of what I discovered about myself as I discovered the world. Early themes turn inward before pivoting outward to translate my environment, new friends and radically different cultures into art. Mirroring my inner growth, my painting style also matures, showcasing the impact of daily practice over half a decade. Below is a selection from 150 paintings and counting.
Pages have been featured by Creativebug, AirBnb, Travel + Leisure, Mashable, Huffington Post Greece, The Wall Street Journal and in the book, A World of Artist Journal Pages, by Dawn DeVries Sokol (Abrams, 2015).