Teer Gallery: March 1-31, 2020

Born to a woodworking father and folk painting mother I spent many weekends as a child at arts and craft shows around Alabama. Despite my early exposure to the world of working artists, I never thought I was capable of creating art. In fact, I didn’t really pick up a paintbrush until my 30’s. Fortunately, a fire was lit, an opportunity to have a significant impact on my community and culture was realized, and it felt as though I’d found my voice and purpose. Unbeknownst to me, I’d also developed a cataract in my left eye as the result of a childhood accident. The undiagnosed cataract inhibited my vision, impairing my depth perception and inadvertently impacted my use of color and lines; strongly affecting my style. With artistic influences that run the gamut from working peers to traditional folk arts to pop and surrealism masters, my work is a marriage of genres incorporating my love for books, music, humor, and beauty. Using an array of salvaged substrates I produce a wide ranging body of work that includes paintings, mixed media, assemblage, and sculpture often addressing social and cultural issues with a voice that attempts to speak truth to power and promote equality while representing a new generation of progressive Southern artists and idealists.

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Kentuck Art Center and Festival was established in 1971. Kentuck's mission is to perpetuate the arts, engage the community, and empower the artist. The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is held annually in October, and during that weekend, makes a $5.5 million economic impact on its community.

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