I was a sophomore at Northern Illinois University when there was a tragic shooting at my school. The University was closed for a week. That is when I gained an older sister. I stayed on campus while it was closed because I was a Community Advisor on the ninth floor of our dorm. Sarah Anne was the Community Advisor on the tenth floor, right above me.
We instantly bonded. We talked for never ending nights – literally staying up all night then eating breakfast at the Junction. The next summer we roomed together. There is nothing (and I mean nothing) I haven’t talked to her about. She has been there for me every time I’ve needed someone.
Nearly four years later, we are 948 miles apart but I have never had a closer friend. On July 21, 2011, Sarah 26 years old, is a survivor of breast cancer. (American Cancer Society definition of Survivor is the day one is diagnosed.) Sarah continues to show her strength through laughter and her simple everyday kindness. I am awed and inspired by her independence and confidence in life. Sarah is finishing graduate school, working and fighting.
My newest artwork has expressed my humor driven relationship with Sarah. These personal experiences are shown through the playful use of color and pattern. Feminine foliage and nature are (as always) a continuing theme in my work. I am the kind of person that copes best when laughing and painting. I hope to enlighten your everyday life through my newest work.