Behind the Artist: Audrey Stone

Aug 19, 16

We’re excited to introduce you to one of Anne Neilson Fine Art’s newest artists, Audrey Stone. Get to know this dynamic new addition below!
_DSC6788Quick Hits:
Name: Audrey Stone
Hometown: New York City, NY
Currently Living: Brooklyn, NY
See Her Work:

A Closer Look
Audrey Stone has known since the age of 9 that she wanted to be an artist. With an early influence from Michelangelo (and even fantasies that they were distant relatives!), Stone sold her first work while attending the Pratt Institute for her BFA, quickly followed by her first gallery show after graduation.
With an aesthetic that she describes as subtle, simple and bold, she typically describes her pieces that are in-progress as her favorite. “I become very involved in my process, and it consumes me,” she explains. As she works she draws on inspiration from a bevy of artists, including Veja Celmins, Louise Bourgoise, Sheila Hicks, Lori Ellison and Anne Wilson, as well as personal inspiration from her grandmother.

“I keep a book of running ideas in which I sketch out the composition, color and medium to keep track of them. My ideas come in batches, and while I work on approximately 7 or 8 pieces at a time, sometimes there are too many ideas to work on at one time,” Audrey describes of her preparation process. “When I’m ready to start new work, I go back through the sketchbook, and if an idea still resonates, I move forward with it. Sometimes I create a color study on paper, a small painting of what a painting might ultimately become.”
Audrey also appreciates time away from her work, including time with her two children. She recharges at a family home in Massachusetts, where she loves being on the deck and reading in the summer. Though she won’t often turn down a restorative beach vacation. She has also recently started taking nature photos. Most mornings you can find Audrey behind the camera shooting a few photos while on her morning walk.

She admits that the art world is not without its challenges. “As an artist it takes a long time to figure out how to live your life and make your work. I think it’s a slow process for many and there are highs and lows in terms of production and exhibitions. While I was getting my BFA we were often told: only 2% of you will be making art in 10 years, a terrible thing to say to young artists. I have been happily surprised by the amount of people I went to school with back then who have continued to make art. Many have had breaks in their art making for periods of time but they are doing it now.” Audrey approaches the challenges as simply and boldy as she approaches her work: one day a time.
Audrey’s work takes slow, methodical timing. “I spend time and care on the craft involved,” she says. “I am inspired by the natural world and its emotional transitions.” It’s that inspiration that lends itself to her unique sense of color, process and selection of material.

Describing her artistic process, she says, “On the painting surfaces I paint one color on a piece a day so that it fully dries before the next layer. I often use tape to create the edge of color. If it is a combined sewn painting, I usually complete the painting part 1st, then move on to the sewing. While the paint dries on the painting sections I am working on, I sew on the sewing sections of other pieces.”

We are thrilled to be adding Audrey’s signature work to our range of Anne Neilson Fine Art’s roster of talents!


Why Fine Art?

Aug 2, 16

It’s probably no surprise to you that I’m writing on this subject matter. After all, I’m a gallery director. My main job is to sell art. But it’s been said before, “what” we do is never nearly as important as “why” we do it. So let me explain my “why.”
Except a Wake of Music Accompany their Feet.48Why do I sell art?

Well, not to oversimplify it, but it’s fun. My office is the dreamiest space you’ve ever seen – with crisp white walls, high ceilings, exposed beams, natural lighting to die for, the echo of artists moving around their studios upstairs (not to mention their furry friends that come to work with them), and the most extraordinary art hung gracefully all around. I can’t imagine ever reverting to days I was stuck behind a cubicle where the painfully beige office walls had no art. I mean zero. Talk about uninspiring – both professionally and ultimately personally. The lifeless walls I had no choice but to look at arrested my dreams and kept me from believing in more for my life professionally. Which is WHY I believe art is important to the eyes. What we look at defines so much what we think about. What we think about, defines so much of what our heart believes. What our heart believes often determines the words we speak and the actions we live out. We must be mindful of what we give our attention to, and I believe art can be and is a catalyst for change, both personally and socially. So why do I sell art? Because I want to help inspire others, one beautiful piece at a time.

Why do I sell art for Anne Neilson?

This is a no brainer. Not only does ANFA have the best roster of artists in all of Charlotte, we are dedicated to a purpose much bigger than ourselves. More than being a successful gallery. More than having the best artists. More than having a pretty space. We believe in making a difference through art. Our mission is to give back into our community and share with you all the incredible charities and organizations that exist in Charlotte. Anne is dedicated to helping the homeless, inspiring hope to the less fortunate, and bringing joy to a child’s face. It is my honor and privilege to come along side of her in this mission and bring my best to maximize our impact. A portion of all gallery sales goes back into our community, and I couldn’t be more blessed by this commitment. I’ve read before that the same endorphins that are released when the human brain reacts to “winning,” are the SAME endorphins that are released when we GIVE. With each sale in the gallery, I get excited knowing we are able to help all the more. I can’t think of a better reason to come into work every day.
Kathy Cousart - Art above mantelWhy I believe fine art is a sound investment:

Perhaps similarly to my first question, I’ve experienced first-hand how great art can affect the soul. Clients come in looking for one thing, but fall in love with something else. Why? Because they connected with it on a much deeper level. Call it emotional, spiritual, whatever the case may be, but it is undeniable. I’ve passed the tissue box more times than I can remember. Over art! Art cannot audibly speak. Art cannot give affection. But somehow, it whispers into our soul and changes us.

Art can represent a hobby, a loved one, a place you love to visit, or simply make a room look good; but whichever purpose it serves, it leaves a legacy of who you are. It is an extension of you, your beliefs, feelings, thoughts, hopes, and dreams, and therefore art initiates and deepens relationships. It evokes conversation, questions, and opinions that might not otherwise have been shared. It establishes both spoken and unspoken connections between family members and strangers alike – giving way to the walls we build and assumptions that keep us from uniting. These raw, vulnerable relationships are what push humanity forward toward understanding and love.

Lastly, original artwork does differ from replicated pieces. Every original piece has a story that lives inside of it. The story of the artist – their belief and determination to create something beautiful, understood, and valued. Original art is the voice of an artist captured, only to live on as interpreted by its beholder. Each stroke, each layer, each technique – all uniquely applied by another human being living in that moment. A machine only does what it’s told. An artist does what it feels.

Art is so much bigger than the space I have to type about it here. It’s bigger than me; it’s bigger than you; and its impact is universal and transcendent of time and space. Now that you know my why, I’d love to invite you to pay a visit and find your own!


Behind the Designer: Lisa Britt + Hadley Quisenberry

Jul 8, 16

We’re excited to kick off our new series spotlighting some of our favorite interior designers and taking you behind their style, inspiration and personality. Our inaugural feature highlights Lisa Britt and Hadley Quisenberry, the mother-daughter team behind design firm Lisa Britt Designs.
LBD Team Shot
Quick Hits:
Name: Lisa Britt & Hadley Quisenberry
Design Firm: Lisa Britt Designs
Contact info:, 917-325-5359
Schooling/Credentials: IDS members
Kaine Living Room (Windows Center)
A Closer Look:
Lisa has been designing beautiful spaces since 1980… 5 years before Hadley was even born. It’s unsurprising, then, that the world of interiors is in Hadley’s DNA.

When describing their design approach, Lisa and Hadley say, “We love to mix old and new to create chic yet comfortable spaces for our clients. We love to gain inspiration through travels abroad and believe that our innate passion for design is in our blood.”
Kaine Living Room (Mantle Centered Best)
Their spaces ooze with the three words they use to self-describe their aesthetic: transitional, warm and timeless. It’s hard to scroll through Instagram without wanting to climb through the screen and cozy up in their clients’ rooms, which typically feature neutrals and soothing shades of blue.

Lisa and Hadley agree that they love soaking up issues of Elle Décor and feel strongly about the role of investing in inspirational, original art within a space. They say, “Art is often our jumping off point for the room’s color palette. It is a key element because that is often what first catches your eye.” For Hadley, her own favorite art pieces include portraits of her two children, Britt and Georgia Grace, and the Anne Neilson angels that live in her nursery. When referring to client work, Hadley notes a recent living room she and her mom designed in Atlanta featuring a Marcy Gregg original.
The Lisa Britt Design team also shared with us some personal favorites. They list dens and kitchens as favorite rooms to design because “they are the heartbeat of the home”; the beach as a favorite getaway; their recent trip to Greece as a family favorite; a love for implementing mid-century elements within a space; and local Charlotte dinner spot Kid Cashew as a must-visit while in the city.

Hadley and Lisa exude the same warmth that their spaces do, and it’s our pleasure to add art from within our walls to the walls of their client spaces.











Living our mission

May 13, 16

Our Brushes Are BusyThe gallery has been all abuzz over the past few weeks as we prepare for our upcoming Spring and Summer exhibitions. New art is flowing through the doors and a brand new show adorns the walls as we approach our second anniversary. With each show that is planned we consider what the theme will be, which organizations we will partner with in our “giving back through art” philosophy and what fun experiences we will create for our clients.

We are excited to share our upcoming exhibitions for the remainder of 2016:

May 13 – June 30 • Art for Soles benefitting Samaritan’s Feet

July – August • Peaceful Places highlighting photography

September – October  • Harvest benefitting The Learning Collaborative

November • Seasons of Joy  benefitting Healing Hands of Joy

December • Third Annual Small Works Show



Up Close And Personal With: Millie Gosch

Feb 3, 16
Anne Neilson Fine Art is proud to feature renown painter, Millie Gosch. Through her intelligent use of color and lively brush strokes, Millie has earned herself affiliations with nationally recognized societies such as  Oil Painters of America and American Impressionist Society. Learn more about Millie and stop by to see her work in our gallery.
Millie has graciously donated a piece in this year’s Art With Heart Live Auction, taking place Saturday, February 6th. All proceeds benefit Safe Alliance. For a chance to bid on Millie’s piece please see flyer at bottom of this post. 
Millie Gosch
Atlanta GA
How did you get started?
I started taking painting lessons at the age of 8. My parents were very good about making sure I had some sort of art lessons all of my childhood.
What inspires your work?
Being outdoors and the beauty of nature.
Millie Gosch
Cloud Parade 60 x 48 available at Anne Neilson Fine Art. Email for inquiries. 
What is your favorite subject matter/ pallet to use?
My favorite subjects are trees and the low country. I use a limited palette of primary colors and so I mix all the hues from that palette.
What is your favorite part about studio life AND OR do you have a certain routine?
I paint from life and not photographs so I love that most of my “studio time” is outdoors. 
Who inspires you?
George Ennis, Winslow Homer, Augustus John and the California Impressionists.
If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
Know yourself and be true to yourself.
Share one great adventure you’ve experienced.
Painting beside a snake, painting beside a bear, painting next to an alligator, painting while standing in a fire ant nest.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
 I would be a writer or a musician.
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
If my works were literature it would be a haiku.  I want to invite my view er in the painting so it can be their experience.
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Coastal Sundown 41 x 41 framed in floater frame. For a chance to bid on this beautiful piece in the Art with Heart Auction see the above flyer or email
Southern Waters Detail 48 x 60 available at Anne Neilson Fine Art. Email for inquiries.

Up Close And Personal With: Caroline Boykin

Jan 25, 16
Learn more about the talented Caroline Boykin, one of the new artists who is making her debut in the Lovely Exhibition.
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Caroline Boykin
The beautiful Fairhope, Alabama
What inspires your work?
I am inspired by simple moments and the fragility of life. So many different emotions can happen simultaneously in a moment. My paintings are centered around the peak of the bloom and the second of a pose. I find fulfillment and inspiration in the process of creating each painting. I start with a pose of subject and each mark after directs the feeling of the piece. Impulsive mark making and reactions of colors lead to emotional connections and different interpretations.
What is your favorite subject matter/ pallet to use?
My favorite subject matter is the female form. I love the curves and negative space it creates. Flowers also make my heart happy. Anything that God gave a breath of life to I enjoy creating! Neutral and cool tones with pops of contrasting color usually fill my pallet.
What is your favorite part of studio life? Do you have a certain routine?
My daily routine centers around a 1 1/2 year old baby girl. I work around her schedule which at times can be challenging but is really fun. My studio is my sanctuary. A quiet place where I am usually working on at least 5 projects at once in many different mediums. I find that working on lots of pieces at once helps to keep the creativity flowing. There is always lots of coffee and music and breaks for baby giggles!
Who inspires you?
Anyone who has kindness in their heart inspires me! My childhood was surrounded by strong southern, God loving women that shaped me and are a huge inspiration to my work.
If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
Just smile! It is so simple and easy to bless the people around you with a little love. Also, hire an accountant.
Share one great adventure you’ve experienced 
This is a hard one as I love a good adventure (as long as there is a hotel room involved). My trip to Florence, Italy to study figure drawing when I was 18 was quite an adventure. I was so young, alone, and really learned so much about myself. I also fell hard for art that summer! Florence lit a fire in my soul to create.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
A florist. I have an awful black thumb so I can’t grow them, but I adore arranging flowers.
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Boykin in her studio
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Powder & Apricot Seated Nude 24x30 Caroline Boykin
Powder And Apricot Seated Nude, available at Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery. Email for inquiries.
Lilac & Peach Seated Nude 36x36 framed Caroline Boykin
Lilac and Peach Seated Nude, available at Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery. Email for inquiries. 
Cream & Violet Standing Nude 16x20 framed Caroline Boykin
Cream and Violet Standing Nude, available at Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery. Email for inquiries. 

Up Close And Personal With: Kathy Cousart

Jan 20, 16

Meet another new artist at the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery, Kathy Cousart. Hear more about the Georgia based painter from Cousart herself…


Kathy Cousart
Athens, Georgia
How did you get started?
I think I have always been “a creative” with a love of beautiful color and design. I needed an odd size painting for over my fireplace mantle and could not find one so I figured I would paint something on my own.  That was the beginning of what has been an incredible journey in this amazing art world.
What inspires your work?  
The biggest thing that inspires my work is being able to connect and share something beautiful through paint. Saying something that could not be said otherwise with paint…a way to give back some of the gifts that painting has given me. I am in constant awe of how incredibly gorgeous our world is….all the little magical miracles that are right there if you just see them.
What is your favorite subject matter/ pallet to use?
“Light” is my favorite subject matter and that is why I paint so many different things. The effect that light has on the color and value of anything and everything.   It’s that relationship of light and shadow and the gorgeous shapes that it makes. I love capturing early morning walks on a golf course or the beach where the sunlight is just dancing. I adore painting strong light and shadow on flowers too! I find that endlessly fascinating!
I mix all my own colors from a very limited palette that creates this beautiful harmony in my signature pale neutrals. I love that the colors relate with each other and can mix any color I need from just one yellow, blue and red along with white. My favorite color palette is my signature pale neutrals.
What is your favorite part about studio life AND OR do you have a certain routine?
I paint almost every single day and love the way that I feel when I paint. There’s this peace and grace that comes to me while painting and I love to share that through my paintings.  My favorite time to paint is early in the morning and mixing all my own colors helps me shift into that painting zone. Also setting up gorgeous still life arrangements gets me itching to capture all that beauty on canvas.
Who inspires you?  
My Mom inspires me still to this day. I believe that painting came to me as I started caring for her through her long journey with Severe Dementia.   I used to say that painting was my “escape” from that sadness of the long goodbye. What I have come to discover is that painting is a gift to myself that I now can share with others through my paintings. I continue learning so many lessons and aspire to be as gracious and as kind as she always was. My daughters inspire me as they are not only smart and beautiful but very kind and thoughtful too.  My husband inspires me every day to be the best person and artist that I can be and to make a difference.
If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?  
If I can do this then so can you!  It’s a generous and kind world of talented artists that welcome each other through that commonality.  Once you learn and begin to really “see” this amazingly gorgeous world around us you will be blown away. That in and of itself is such a gift….appreciating and acknowledging nature’s color palette that is right in front of us.
Share one great adventure you’ve experienced.
I am blessed to be able to get to paint plein air at the beach a couple of times a year. One of my favorite plein air trips was with a group of fabulously talented artist friends and we had a blast.   We painted all over several Islands and beaches and every thing in between. It was such a beautiful week of hard core painting and sweet fellowship for us all. They talked me into giving a golf lesson on the beach and they all did so good. Everyone made a wish as they launched a golf ball out into the ocean. That was the best of both my worlds coming together right there. So special!
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I can’t even imagine not being Artist as painting is like breathing to me. If I had to pick… I would be coaching again at the Collegiate level. One of my most favorite occupations was the years I spent as a golf coach at Georgia. Making a difference in those students lives was so special to be a part of. Nothing better than an early morning out on the golf course talking about all the important things in life. Golf has been very good to our family.  I have been married to a PGA Professional for 36 years and both daughters playing collegiate golf. Our younger daughter is a PGA Professional at Cherokee in Atlanta. I always love when my Art and Golf Worlds collide and I am super proud to be the “Official Artist”  for the Georgia PGA!
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
 How blessed I feel to be able to do what I do every day. That I paint with intuitive intention. I have a plan but I believe that the painting lets me know what it needs and how to get my feelings mixed in with my paint and that is what is so special. The peacefulness that I get from painting is evident right back in the painting.   I believe that’s my favorite part…”Painting Peace and Grace everyday.”
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Cousart painting plein air
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Cousart giving golf lessons on the beach
The 9th Hole ©KathyCousart
The Ninth Hole by Cousart. Available at Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery. Email for inquiries. 
To The Green (lg) ©KathyCousart
To The Green by Cousart. Available at Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery. Email for inquiries. 

Up Close and Personal With: Scott Harding

Jan 15, 16

858920_10200886548830472_589930185_oWe are thrilled to welcome one of our newest artists, Scott Harding, to the Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery. We invite you to hear more about Harding from the artist himself.

Scott Harding
Current: Warrenville, IL   Grew up:  South Bend, IN
How did you get started?
“I started drawing before I could talk.  I continued drawing throughout my childhood.  I was never bored!  I almost took a different path in college but then knew this was my calling.”
What inspires your work?
“I get stopped in my tracks all the time when I see the beauty in simple things: the way light falls on a subject, a glance, or an unplanned pose.  Though these may seem simple at first, there is a limitless depth to them as well.  Digging into the infinite while maintaining the simplicity is what inspires me.”
What is your favorite subject matter/ pallet to use?
“The human figure is my favorite subject but I’m equally inspired by landscapes and still-lifes.  I love to paint!”
What is your favorite part about studio life AND OR do you have a certain routine?
“I love putting out new paint, turning on my music and turning towards a blank canvas that is full of possibilities!”
Who inspires you?
“Everyone!!  I love art and enjoy seeing how others have tackled certain problems or how they saw something differently.  But I have favorites as well:  Sargent, Zorn, Monet, Inness, Monsted, Levitan.”
If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
“Always be willing to learn!”
Share one great adventure you’ve experienced.
“I once took a horse trip into the mountains outside of Santa Fe.  I could not believe that just a small distance from that desert city such lush and wet forests were hidden!  One morning I woke to a beautiful mist rising through the aspens.  I hurriedly got out my paints and did a decent plein air.  Well, I soon got the attention of some of the other trip attendees.  One fellow in particular just had to have the painting.  I sold it to him, but it was a little bittersweet.  I wanted it too as a memento of my trip!”
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
“Paid assassin.  (Just kidding!).  I came kinda close to going into medicine.”
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
“That I deeply appreciate that I can share my vision of the beauty I see.  And I’m humbled when someone else appreciates that vision.”

Harding is making his debut with the gallery in January’s show, Lovely, opening Thursday the 21st from 5pm – 7pm. We invite you to stop by, drink some wine and see his gorgeous work in person.

For more information email and Martha, our Gallery Director, would be happy to help.

Lovely Exhibition
“Field’s Edge” 9 x 12
What to Wear 24x20
“What to Wear” 20 x 24
At the Turn 12x9

“At The Turn” 9 x 12


Harding painting plein air


Harding giving a demonstration




In The Studio With Adrian Chu Redmond

Dec 8, 15


  1. Name: Adrian Chu Redmond


  1. Hometown: Tarrytown, NY


  1. What inspires your work? What inspires me is taking ordinary objects and painting them larger than life, giving them importance. I want the viewer to walk away with some sort of emotional connection, whether negative or positive, it is important to me that my work elicits some sort of reaction or feeling.


  1. What is your favorite subject matter/ pallet to use?  I love painting sunflowers super big. Sunflowers always make me smile. I find them unique because of their unusual height and their huge blossom. It is intentional that I paint them larger then life so that the viewer can feel the personality and energy that these flowers provoke. I enjoy mixing different yellows to get just the right petal shades given the light source. I always add a touch of yellow ocre for continuity and depth. My favorite part of painting sunflowers is using oil crayons to define the shapes while adding energy to the piece with mark making.



  1. What is your favorite part about studio life (and or) do you have a certain routine? My favorite part of studio life is being surrounded by many talented and creative people. The positive energy in the Dilworth Artisan Studio building is electrifying. I am so blessed to have landed here. I love everything about my studio space. The high ceilings accommodate my urge for painting large while the natural light from the big window nourishes me!


  1. Who inspires you?  My mother inspires me. She is the most creative person I know. In her 86th year, she is still passionately painting and her zest for life continuously inspires me. Her energy and super fun spirit can fill a room. I adore her and appreciate being brought up being handed paper and pencil when restless and being encouraged to play outside and enjoy all that nature offers. She is why I am who I am today. Her love of life is contagious. I love her so.


  1. If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?  TO SMILE. A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever…


  1. Share one great adventure you’ve experienced : The decision to take the spiritual journey on the ROAD TO SANTIAGO this past June was, by far, the greatest adventure I have ever experienced. The El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James) commences in the French Pyrenees and travels 550 miles to the Spanish city of Santiago, Spain. This ancient Christian pilgrimage, which dates back to the 11thcentury, offers a modern day retreat that provides an opportunity for spiritual growth while hiking for weeks on foreign land. With the mountainous terrain, aggressive distance, a 22lb backpack, and blistered feet, I found inner strength to push ahead and embrace the mental and physical challenges of the unknown road ahead. For me, living out of a backpack, hiking the beautiful Spanish countryside and walking through small hamlets with pilgrims from around the world has taught me much about myself while providing an adventure away from the bustle of day to day life. Here are a few valuable lessons I learned on the Camino:

*Take time to pause– you can’t appreciate the present if you are not in it

*Trust yourself – it is important to honor and trust in one’s self. This allows you to be confident in anything you choose to do

*Be open– this is where there can be a never-ending supply of what one searches for or needs- love, energy, support, guidance, learning, nurturing, etc.

*Share yourself– give freely of your time, your heart, your wisdom and your hopes

*Believe in what you do and you will do it better


  1. What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist? If I was not an artist, I believe I would be working with children in need.


Stop by our Gallery to visit with and meet Adrian and see her stunning work.




Sep 30, 15


Name: Craig Hawkins

Hometown: Laurinburg, NC (Born) Valdosta, GA (since 1998)


Best restaurant: Bleu Pub – Get the Braveheart burger and sweet potato fries with spicy peanut sauce and Steele Magnolias – Get the fried green tomato sandwich with truffle parmesan fries.

Best place to travel:  I spent three months in England years ago and loved Newcastle, York, and London.


Favorite Drink:  I’m not very well versed with cocktails. I suppose I’m most familiar with a Margarita or a Bloody Mary. Given a choice I usually opt for a simple sweet tea.


Favorite item to cook: Apple + Peanut butter + Raisin “sandwich”

Core 1 apple and cut it into circular slices.  Top with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a sprinkle of raisins.  Add a second apple slice and enjoy!

Collectable Item: I want to say “Personal revelations that I try to publicly share as a drawing or a painting” because it points back to my artwork and the reason I create, but I have to admit I am a bit of a Pixar nerd and Pixar publishes a series of books titled “The Art of (insert Pixar movie title here)”. I have several of these and love to look at the concept art and storyboards behind such wonderful movies.


Best Read:  This is always a tough question to answer. I don’t have just one. I have a running list, however, I always imagine I have a list that is longer than I can recall.

Current list:
The Gospel of John by John the Apostle
Recapture the Wonder by Ravi Zacharias
Refractions by Makoto Fujimura
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Love Does by Bob Goff
You are Mine by Max Lucado

Who is the most influential person in your artistic career? It’s hard to narrow it down.  Greatest teachers are artist Harry Ally and artist Margaret Morrison.  Most influential artists are Jim Dine, Mark Rothko, Makoto Fujimura, and Alex Kanevsky.

Studio Location:  It’s a mix of studios and my office at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA.



Object or thing people ask about when they visit your studio:  Either a bronze sculpture I made years ago of a fetus chained to the inside of a cast apple representing mankind having been born into sin or my drawing board that students keep thinking is a finished work of art.

Bronze Sculpture

Favorite Quote : “Art has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”  – C. S. Lewis from The Four Loves

Where do you find inspiration? Sermons, books, podcasts, good conversation, and good art. Scripture, conversations with God, my wife, my kids, good art, and my job as an assistant professor of art.


What influences your work?  Our world views hold great power over the way we think and behave and differing world views are going to exist in a pluralistic society like the one we live in today. To paraphrase a quote by Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, he states that “When you turn on the radio and listen to a… song…you can be sure it is a lifestyle and a worldview that is coming through the airwaves there.” Art illustrates the popular philosophies of our culture so the content of art can be very powerful. Even if the artist tries to avoid it nature abhors a vacuum and people tend to look for purpose and meaning, it’s part of our design. We are curious creatures. Even toddlers are infamous for constantly asking “why”.


Moment you realized you wanted to be a full time artist:   It became a commitment during my freshman year of college. Up until that point it was something I loved to do and couldn’t see myself not doing but I didn’t know where to go with it. I became a Christian that same year and my walk with Christ is deeply connected to my art making.


Do you ever get creatively stuck? How do you unblock your creativity? Yes, in various ways, sometimes it’s for lack of clear ideas or desires to explore. Other times it’s for lack of proper time to implement my ideas. I’m currently stuck in the latter. In the past prayer, rest, exercise and a plan of action have helped me persevere.


When developing content through questions and research for a series of work it’s important to recognize that our worldview, which is to say the total answers people give to the most important questions in life, will guide the decisions that populate the work. Intent is prior to content. If I believe that we are communal creatures designed for fellowship then that belief will lead to developing work that shows this concept. Work that asks questions like: What is ephemeral? What is eternal? What should be private? What should be public? What do we notice? Are we more than the bodies we possess? and Can we control our desires and emotions? For me this happens as my relationship with God grows. I journal in my sketchbook. Questions that I have and lessons I learn develop the content of my art. As I grow my art grows. My intentional following of Jesus determines what content I entertain and invest my time in at the table of my ideas.


What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist? The UPS guy. I’ve always thought being the guy that delivers the package that people are eagerly expecting would be exciting.


Please add anything else you think is important for readers to learn about you!
I want to travel more and I want to expand my viewership. I’m constantly looking for opportunities that can afford me the chance to travel with my family to see more of this beautiful world. My concepts for new work keep involving participation or collaboration with more and more people. I have ideas that require travel to various old cathedrals around the world, prison visits that I need help with, or surveys and event organization that I can’t implement on my own. I’m eager for any chance to share my vision of the bigger ideas I hope to produce but can’t without someone willing to invest in an artistic partnership with me. In short, I think the old school idea of patronage is very desirable and I have an open position to fill .