Hi, I'm Angela, and I'm glad you're here. I hope you find a space here to rest awhile, enjoy beautiful art, and renew your sense of wonder.
I'm an oil and acrylic artist who paints in the style of the Impressionists, and it's my passion to enrich people's homes with more beauty and renewal. Serving collectors for the last 13 years has been a joy; I really feel humbled and honored to create art as a calling. My work has been awarded and published nationally and internationally by the likes of the International Drawing Annual, Southwest Art magazine, Strokes of Genius, American Artist Drawing magazine, and the Oil Painters of America, among others.
As a youngster, I was one of those kids you'd see jumping all the cracks in the sidewalk and forgetting her homework again (apologies here to my parents & teachers). I was also one of those kids who couldn't live without her art/craft supplies, and would much rather stay home to color than go to a party. :) Many of my sharpest memories growing up involve creating things and observing the natural world—both of which have carried with me throughout life.
My childhood idea of a perfect day: create something, do some people-watching, and take in the sunset. As I grew, I sort of lived for these experiences of beauty. Now that I'm older, I think beauty in the natural world is not an end in itself but more of a window to the greater beauty I find in the world's Creator. C.S. Lewis comments of these brushes with beauty:
"For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited."
Beauty has a way of satisfying but also stirring more longing inside us. In my paintings, I'm keenly interested in exploring the beauty of natural things (places, plants, and people) and creating a dreamlike effect. Of creating invitations for people to experience longing, renewal, and joy alongside me.
It's important to me that the art I create is more than a photographic copy of what I see in nature, I want it to feel like a painting not a photograph, and to have a sort of "aliveness" to it. This is why I embrace texture, movement, and brushwork in addition to the traditional elements (like drawing, values etc).
I was really blessed to find a great art program and mentors at a small liberal arts college in Florida, where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Commercial Art and my Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Painting. Since graduation, I’ve been working as a professional artist, creating portraits, landscapes, and florals in the style of Impressionism.
I feel humbled to be painting as a vocation, and deeply grateful for all the people that have supported my work over the years. I still find it amazing that pieces of my creativity get to live in and enrich people's homes around the world.
Notes of Interest:
• Mom of 3 beautiful (and spunky) daughters
• Inspired by the Impressionists (and all their friends)
• Serving art clients and collectors for the last 13 years
• Awarded and published nationally and internationally
• Raised as an army brat
• Lived in 12 states and 2 foreign countries
• Traveled extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Latin America
• St Louis area studio
• Favorite things: vanilla lattes, walking outside, making lists (like the one you're reading now), and reading aloud with my husband & kids
Feel free to drop me a line on my contact page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org—I'd love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by,