A native North Carolinian of many generations, Candy’s roots and inspiration run deep in the South. Discarded wood and unwanted paint are the main ingredients in her colorful scenes of people, objects, and critters in her unmistakable style of southern folk art. Currently, Candy’s working studio is a part of the Independent Art Company at Wabi Sabi Warehouse in Wilmington, NC.
I begin each painting with a naive idea of what the final outcome will be. Consequently, a piece will evolve through layers of color, often sanded off several times to achieve a desired depth of feel. I favor images with hefty strokes and bold outlines, new yet familiar, evocative of a powerful collective pop culture memory of childhood toys, cartoons and characters. Currently I use wood as a canvas for its unique texture and inviting irregularity which tends to forgive my doubt and reward my instincts. My paintings tend to strike a random yet familiar chord that hopefully reminds us of our youths; when life was saturated with color and endless wonder.