I cannot remember a time when art-making did not engage me, soothe me, challenge me, and bring me joy.
I grew up in Atlanta, GA and studied art at Red Wall Art Studio (now Asa’s Alley) with Charlene Shikany and at Woodward Academy. This training gave me a firm foundation in figurative and realistic drawing and painting. I spent a formative semester as a junior in high school at The Oxbow School in Napa, CA. At Oxbow, under the tutelage of several gifted artists and where the studios were seldom closed, I learned new skills and had the freedom to explore abstract expression and paint on a very large scale.
In the few years since attending Oxbow, I have honed my unique blend of colorist, emotive abstraction and abstracted realism during brief stints in Great Barrington, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Sedona, AZ. While never forgetting my southeastern roots, I now live happily in Flagstaff, AZ with my partner, Matt, and my rescued dog, Penny. I believe that after color, place—both the real places I have lived and visited and the fictional ones I imagine—exerts the most influence on my recent work.
In addition to making and looking at art, I love to travel, cook, read fantasy and science fiction novels, watch movies, and spend time in nature. I am passionate about environmental protection and sustainability and about social justice and mental health issues.
The story of the 🔺— The red triangle is something I started doodling in middle school — red is my favorite color, and I remembered many occasions in preschool in which I drew triangles over and over with a scarlet Crayola crayon (my forever favorite crayon). I was obsessed with getting it perfect; I wanted to draw a perfect equilateral triangle. So, once I remembered that determined 5-yr-old’s mission, I began to draw the red triangle at the bottom of any piece of paper, even exam pages, on which I had drawn or doodled—thus sealing the fate of the red triangle as my permanent artistic signature.
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA
La Europa Academy, Salt Lake City, UT
Private Collections in Albany, GA; Albuquerque, NM; Alexandria, VA; Asheville, NC; Athens, GA; Atlanta, GA; Augusta, GA; Brevard, NC; Columbia, SC; Fayetteville, AR; Philadelphia, PA; Salida, CO; Sedona, AZ; Washington, DC; and Geneva, Switzerland
“Spring Art Show” The Oxbow School, Napa, CA, Group Exhibition, May 2018
“Cody Jones, Roots” Asa’s Alley Art Studio, Atlanta, GA, Solo Exhibition, October-December, 2020
“the world that has been given,” Jason McCoy Gallery with Artsy.net, Online Group Exhibition, February 2021