This collection is special to me because each painting was created from true memories of places in my personal life. The thing I love about nature, however, it's so relatable. Although these paintings were born from my experiences, I carefully chose moments that were relatable to us all.
Here are just a few of the paintings and the stories behind them.
'Beneath The Wild Sky'
This painting was inspired by a solo sunset trip I took to the Oregon Coast. I remember needing some fresh air and wasn't sure where I was going to drive until I got into the car. The sunset that night was unreal. The sky dipped to several different colors--pink, mint green, deep red, and orange. I remember saying out loud, "Whoa! The sky looks wild"!
'We Don't Need a Map, We'll Just Drive'
Everyone who knows me personally, understands I am a very spontaneous person. I drive to places without navigation or maps--just the wind leading me. Back in 2015, a friend and I wanted to go on a photo adventure but weren't sure where to go. She looked at me and asked, "Should we look at a map?" To which I responded, "Meh! Who needs a map? Let's just drive." The motion of this painting emulates the view from a car window, where everything is quickly passing by.
'We'll Stand in The Canyon Alone'
In 2013, my friends hired me to take their engagement photos at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. We drove there in the middle of the week because we knew it would be too crowded during the weekend. Once we got there, we hiked up to the top of Misery Ridge Trail and couldn't believe we had the whole view to ourselves. There wasn't a person on the trail, we were all alone.
"Good Seats For The Sunrise"
When I lived in Oregon, I had a strong community of creative friends who were always up for adventures. We used to wake up early in the morning to watch the sunrise above Mt. Hood. I remember those moments taking my breath away and filling my lungs with excitement and inspiration. I would walk away from those adventures feeling fortunate to have friends that encouraged me to stay creative. They inspired me to keep my sense of wonder.
'Somewhere Only We Know'
This painting pays homage to our loved ones and our favorite places we go to spend time with them. Sites that are unique to us and hold sentimental value. There are places I go with my loved ones that I don't care to share on social media. It's almost like I want to keep that place as somewhere only we know--our special place.
'On Waves Which Sparkle With Delight'
Growing up in Oregon, my family and I would frequently take weekend trips to the Oregon Coast. As a kid, I remember being scared of the vastness of the ocean. Yet, my dad always found a way to help me see the ocean as something magical and delightful. As I've grown older, the sea has become a therapeutic place for me. It's a place that brings strength healing to my soul.
'Shadow and Light are Always Together'
I've always been fascinated with the notion of shadow and light. They are quite the opposite of each other, yet, are hardly seen without one or the other. I wanted this painting to depict the magic of both shadow and light and how they harmoniously exist simultaneously.