It's a love story of the skin...

I'm just a small town girl from South Carolina. I've always painted. But I never felt like I had anything to say with my art. So much magic to capture and I couldn't figure out how to do it. For years I painted but was stunted by fear. Fear of failure. Judgement. Making hollow work. It took my moving to San Diego, failing at a graphic design career, becoming a nurse in the ICU, and having kids to make me come around.

As a nurse I saw the skin lose its luster. It wasn't magic anymore. I saw people sick and dying and flesh became just that...flesh. It gave me the freedom to paint without trying to infuse everything with the magic of being. And having kids gave me the balls to paint whatever I want. Many of my recent works are an exploration in how we view and portray ourselves through the influence and lens of social media and advertising. I am also always contemplating and navigating my personal vision of women in art and how themes of sexualization, objectification and motherhood are viewed. I am particularly interested in how women can own the sexual imagery. I currently live and work in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.

Painting calmed the chaos that shook my soul.
- Niki de St. Phalle