About The Artist
Through painting & songwriting I strive to bring a sense of place to my audiences influenced by traditional & natural elements of my home in the southern Appalachian Mountains, & of Ireland & Scotland.
My artwork incorporates an imaginative & illustrative quality informed by colors & shapes found in nature specific to where I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, & also by the nature of whichever medium I am using. I look to illustrators of children's stories for inspiration, & also Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch post-impressionist, 1853-1890), the Group Of Seven (Canadian landscape painters from 1920-1933), & various artists of lino, wood, & block prints.
The songs I write combine traditional Appalachian & Celtic tones with contemporary & personal subjects. Favorite themes include home, unrequited love & long journeys. I turn to my banjo & fiddle for harmony with my voice, & my singing in turn plays off of the rhythms & phrases I play on my instruments.
I grew up in Banner Elk, Boone, Morganton, & Asheville, North Carolina. I earned my BA in painting at the University of North Carolina at Asheville while also performing traditional & original music on the fiddle & banjo throughout the region. Art & music have been pursued & encouraged for multiple generations in my family. My grandmother, Eleanor Seng, was a painter who studied with Emil Holzhauer, a student of the American painter Robert Henri. I continue to perform & teach music, & I work from my home in Saluda, North Carolina.