Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
I am a painter and designer based in Houston, TX with a background in interior architecture. Exposure to other disciplines and cultures plays a major role in the development of who I am and my work. Though I have lived in Texas for eight years, New York City was home for a bit, and Louisiana will always be in my heart because that is where my parents live and where I was raised.
The work I create starts with sketches with pen, gouache, or watercolor created during travels near or far and usually in the landscape. When I get back to the studio, I focus on painting larger pieces of what I experienced from those sketches with either ink or acrylic on paper or canvas. Landscape architecture is an inspirational subject to me because I grew up with parents who deeply enjoyed gardening every weekend and appreciated good architecture and design. I am also married to a landscape architect who is enthusiastic about his work. It is hard not to go anywhere with him and not see something beautifully designed in the landscape!
Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Most inspiration comes from random notes of ideas I have written throughout the years, traveling, poetry, jazz, architecture, landscapes, and exploring library shelves.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
That would be my favorite watercolor paintbrush given to me by my sister, Shelley Kish, who was studying architecture and taking a course on architectural representation at that time.
What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
Thinking too much is the biggest obstacle I face at times. To get out of my head, I will go for a walk outside, call a loved one, or take my journal and watercolors outside and paint anything in front of me.
What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?
Peacefulness, quietness, solitude, barriers, and illumination.
Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
The artist I have related to the most is architect Luis Barragán. The best role models in my life start with family members and friends. They are what make my world tick. A few artists that I admire are: Georgia O'Keefe, Walter Anderson, Lucille Ball, Frida Kahlo, Wan Ding, Charles and Ray Eames, Michael O'Keefe, Landon Metz, James Turrell, Sarah Yoder (who I found out had work exhibited through Mist Gallery as well), and of course, my creative partner and husband, Jamin Pablo. This list could really go on for a good while.
What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?
Listen to yourself.