The goal of art is to open another’s eyes to what you see when your eyes are closed. We are only limited by our own limits and the imagination and ability to create truly is limitless.
I was an artist from birth. I started calling myself one when I started highschool at HSPVA and completed my degree in Art History and Studio Art at University of Houston.
In my early 20s, I had a successful clothing line that was featured in Bust Magazine and Trace Magazine, sold internationally, was a street fashion photographer for “Girl on the Street” out of New York, and was a part of the Houston music scene.
As an introvert, I returned to my cave to make art. My art and style has always been about self-reflection and has morphed over the years. My two bodies of work look quite different but come from the same place.
One body of work is the resurrection of the past. I like to push traditional gender roles in my work, because I wear some definite pants as I pick trash in lipstick, carry things half my weight in heels, and know my way around power tools in a dress. I call myself a “lipstick tomboy”. I can do everything a man traditionally did and does, but approach it in a dress and heels as a traditional looking woman.
At this point this series came to life, “the bra burning pin-up”. I was seeking to express that an empowered woman can still have sex appeal. So burn that bra in your lingerie…
This series definitely sparked something, mostly positive responses. But, one stood out, I had a woman criticize me because I was a “mom now” and should not post this “kind of stuff.”
I sent her this…
“Yeah, you’re right. Making dinner in the kitchen now.”
Out of this came a whole bunch of moms wanting to show themselves as pin-ups. Here are a few from my “Pin-up Mom” series:
As time has gone on, I am less interested in straight portrait photography as a means of expressing myself and would rather show what I am capable of by hauling garbage and repurposing the past with my photography, blue-collar style manual labor, and sweat equity, of course, all while wearing a dress and lipstick.
My other body of work is a book called “The Art of Living.” I disappear into nature with little beyond a writing journal and a camera. I push myself to physical and mental limits confronting things. One image from this series was featured in National Geographic’s Macro Story.
A very small sample of that work can be viewed starting here. Just scroll through using the arrows at the bottom of the page.