I started painting the human body over a decade ago in college while in recovery from an eating disorder.
My Southern Baptist upbringing ingrained within me an inherent shamefulness toward my physical form, and it wasn't until I studied figure painting that I learned a new way of experiencing bodies altogether.
Through the lens of art, bodies became a tapestry of shadow and light. A landscape of textures, shapes, and spatial relationships. Over time, my appreciation for painting bodies began influencing how I experienced my own. and I began painting and found the experience healing, cathartic and enlivening.
Since 2019, I've been sharing this ritual with other humans, mostly women and non-binary folks, and together, we explore and deepen our wells of self-respect, appreciation and care through the art-making process.