In 2001, at the age of four, my parents and I packed up our life in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Albany, Oregon. I grew up in a very supportive home, surrounded by many talented musicians, and other artists my parents came to know in the Albany/Corvallis area. I got my start in digital photography five years ago as a way to stay busy while coping with some big changes in my life at the time. During my senior year of highschool, I took AP Studio Art which required me to explore my potential and uncover the meaning behind my own art. Besides photography, I love to free write and doodle. I am also a drum instructor, a songwriter and danced for many years.
It only took me several in-class work days in AP Studio Art of doing nothing but rack my brain to realize my portfolio had been sitting in my camera roll waiting for me the entire time. All, but 3 images you see here have been shot and edited on my Galaxy S6 or S7. When I discovered I already had all the tools I needed to get my portfolio going, that’s when the ideas started flowing. I had began to incorporate combinations of photos I already had taken as well as new images. I took my own doodles and entries of original dialog to compliment the emotion I wanted to attract, and merged them with one another using various mobile editing applications. I like to think of my images as a patchwork quilt. Every additional layer to my merged pieces have been carefully positioned, but scattered and sort of random all at once. I’ve pulled sections of images as small as a neon Open sign in the background of an accidental photo to be the forefront to my work. I’ve learned to appreciate the fact I am a photo hoarder and never erase pictures off my camera roll. That being said, cropped features from my own face from selfies have even been incorporated into my designs. The poetry and doodles merged into my pieces, are all original as well. I’ve been told my photographs have a vibrant and dream-like essence to them. Emotion, color and space to allow my viewers to decipher meanings of each image for themselves are key components that go into creating my artwork. My photos not containing models, are often photographs I have snapped on vacations or of nature. While I focus a large majority of my time on creating a piece that is pleasing to the eye, every digital collage I compose has a story. Creating artwork is like therapy to me. In the last year I have uncovered a interpersonal side to myself I never knew. I’ve learned to embrace my differences and strengths through the process of building my portfolio; providing me with another outlet to express my imagination and emotions.