A little bit about the

Artist

Art is more than just a career path. It became a way to live and be expressive. To paint a portrait is to celebrate life. Art is a like an going autobiography and there is always something new to be discovered. Art has found such unique and some surprising purposes. It has been a talent that has led me to my current career, business, and decorates the walls of my home. Painting helped teach allow herself to be versatile and open to learning new skills. It also a way to honor and share lighthearted memories with family : especially her three year old daughter. Her finger prints can be found in the studio.

Her work captures the most fleeting moments, and the way she looks at the world. Focus on most of my series starts with a face or emotion then it she starts improvising during the process, and dark contour lines. She loves to create pieces that reflect her voice, color, individualism .

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Background

Grew up in Lynchburg Virginia and graduated as a "hilltopper" from E. C. Glass. She is one of seven siblings who all had a childhood spent outdoors and very active. Art, Dressing Up, and Anime were shared interests.

 

She volunteered a lot in her community when not in school. She participated in local theater programs by painting props and backdrops.

 

Upon graduating at E.C. Glass High School, one of portraits of a friend was selected to be part of the rotating exhibiting artworks inside of E.C. Glass hallways. It inspired her to continue seeking exhibitions for aspiring artist and had shows at First Fridays at River Views Downtown and Lynchburg Art Club.

Some of her favorite events were First Fridays and Wine Festivals. Volunteered as a face painter and raised funds for local causes like Relay for Life and HOPE SPA coalition. 

Some of her other hobbies included photography and body art painting when opportunities arose for it.  She traveled a lot to capture portraits at events and liked exploring new hiking trails.

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Work

A self taught painter who took additional lessons at the downtown Academy Center for the Arts and Lynchburg College (now know as Lynchburg University).

 

Her work captures the most fleeting moments, and the way she looks at the world. Focus on most of my series starts with a face or emotion then it she starts improvising during the process, and dark contour lines.

 

Her teaching began with volunteerism and a side job instructing art  at kid party service (Sip and Paint) , paint night events at restaurants and schools (River District Artisans in Danville Virginia) , and occasionally classes/camps at Lynchburg Parks and Recreation or the Academy Center for the Arts. She also started painting murals around the same time like her piece in Leesville Elementary School. Eventually she started teaching at Blue Ridge Montessori School and most recently started teaching students at Onward Christian Academy. She teaches exploratory art and loves introducing many new artists / mediums. 

When she isn't in the studio painting portraits or teaching at a school, she is making murals in her city. She has many new pieces inside of Lynchburg City Schools like dragons in R.S. Payne and Lynchburg Pediatric commissioned her to do many exam rooms in different themes. Her public art pieces  about diversity, community,  and catch eyes with many colors and beauty. 

Image by Khara Woods