I live on a farm in the rolling hills of the Piedmont of South Carolina. From my backyard/barnyard, I paint stories of creation, disappointment, and survival. "Me and the chickens" celebrate life every day. If ya'll are hearing something laughing and it's not you, trust me, it's just us chickens dancing and singing in the barnyard.
With paintings of guinea foul and roosters, I capture their spirits, laughter, and zest for life. I bring to you the reminder of kindness and simple joys of life. We all celebrate life as human beings. My art says, "Folks, take pride in who you are, laugh, and be nice to one another, but above all 'Celebrate life' past, present and future. Now is what we've got."
My art exudes energy and is a celebration of life, and the overwhelming condition of the human spirit. My art seemed to begin with the death of three relatives that were killed in a ten-wheeler accident in 1995. Through the healing I began to understand and feel the connection with the energy that provides life for all of us. I began to be aware that we are all connected here in the present time to something greater, connected to an eternal force from which we all come. My purpose for this world began to express itself through my art.
I felt directed to express this through my feelings and art. I knew I needed to create something about the importance of the energy of life; the meaning of life to us in this world. But, I didn't have a format for this expression until one day I saw this little chicken in the barnyard, "Being; just happy." I realized that the chicken was a continuation of the life force that is present in all of us.
I began to paint chickens. Chickens with expressions that , were startled, happy, and joyful. Things that were common threads to all of us, not just to the chickens, but also to all of us as human beings; part of the human existence; part of our reason for being here on earth. This revelation came through my growth and understanding of who we are and our connection to the divine force. In the process of painting chickens I began to understand that laughter is a key ingredient in our growth and our understanding of ourselves-who we are and our place with the divine connection with the universe.
When we laugh, we acknowledge in a joyful way that the energy of life is in all of us and in everything in which we are involved. It can be expressed in something as simple as a chicken smiling. I hope as you are enjoying my chickens and my art occupies space in your household ; that every time you look at it, you feel joy come up inside you and it resonates throughout your life. I hope it will make you smile, be happy, and celebrate life. This acknowledgment of ourselves and the joy that comes from being at one with the Universe.