Unborn, Unwed, Uninhabited.

Each mud print in Unborn, Unwed, Uninhabited is an exploration of what it means to leave home as a young female from rural America. By painting mud from my childhood home over found images I erase myself from what could have been. These photographs have become documentations of my unborn children, unwed lovers and uninhabited …

Untitled (Super8, 1967-87, 2017).

Recently I had the opportunity to show Untitled (Super8, 1967-87, 2017) at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio. When the series began, I was looking for 'moments of hidden childhood traumas'. These moments were revealed in the in-between frames, moments that were previously hidden within the moving image. As the work evolved, so did my concept. The …

Dirt Road Street Cred.

The bartender looked at me and said, "Ah, so you're a girl who likes blue collar beer."  "Yes sir, I am."  Though I had never thought about it before, I was proud to wear that patch, like a name embroidered onto a mechanic's coveralls. There is an odd sense of pride being a beer drinking …

Man Manipulated Beauty.

A group of Columbus photographers, all connected in some way to CCAD, were invited to create imagery to be hung in the gallery at Franklin Park Conservatory. Honored to have been asked, I set out to make work that would happily live within this family friendly, botanical context. We meet next Sunday to discuss installation. …

A Great Year For Life.

Almost titled: What it was like to be an artist for Kaitlyn Jo Smith in 2016.. Here it is, the comprehensive, everything I've done in 2016 blog post, more for my reference than yours. It seems like just last week I was writing 2015's post and as predicted 2016 was a year of intense growth and …

Wild Art.

This month I had the really unique opportunity of participating in Wild Goose Creative's event #wildartcolumbus. Based in Columbus, Wild Goose Creative chose thirty local artists to participate. Each day in September a different creative took over their Instagram (@wildgoosecreative) sharing up to eight samples of their work. At the end of the day whichever …

Little Circles.

I don't like the idea of things coming full circle - too much finality. What I instead stand behind is the idea of little circles - a life full of hundreds of endings meeting hundreds of beginnings, overlapping to create something interesting, dynamic and ever-changing. I like thinking that something that may seem like an …

So Many Beautiful Places.

2016 is a huge question mark for me.  As someone who likes to plan everything down to the very last detail, this is incredibly hard to admit.  I realize that, like most others, my year is a blank slate full of possibility and unknowns, but even in all of those unknowns there is some sort …

In Green Pastures

In Green Pastures is a collection of photographs made in moments of total contentment.  Four different series will be on display at the Tiffin Art Guild in Tiffin, OH, August 7-29. An opening reception will be held August 7 from 5:30-7.  This is my semi-formal invitation to all of my wonderful readers.  Hope to see you …

quietly taking shape.

The reception for quietly taking shape was so much more wonderful than I had anticipated.  The work was beautiful; everything was so carefully thought out and people noticed - they reacted.  I saw so many emotions as people interacted with the space and it was amazing to see others being touched by the pieces (heaven knows I was). …