Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Courtney felt most at home with a paint brush in her hand. This love of art was complemented by lessons at the Reynolda House and Sawtooth Center for Visual Arts at a young age. Her life then followed the traditional path graduating from Saint Mary's High School and then, College of Charleston with a BS in Psychology. Shortly after college graduation, Courtney met her husband in Charlotte. Currently, her days are filled with painting at the Dilworth Artisan Station and in her home studio. She loves to travel and spend time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. Her talents have thrived at Braitman Studio in the past years in workshops with Andy Braitman and Nicholas Stewart as she loves to be surrounded by other artists!
Oil Painting is a meditation for Courtney. When in flow, it is just her, the paint, brushes, and canvas, paper, or cradled wood panels. When she gets out of groove, she challenges herself to explore a new mediums reignite the creative fuel. She is constantly evolving, but her style is described as "aggressive impressionism" with bold yet loose strokes that are full of texture as the paint records her expressive movements. The viewer is engaged as they bounce their eyes around the canvas thus experiencing all aspects of the work. The forms are often suggested and inviting the viewer to look further into the the piece creating a lasting impression. Courtney continues to explore the application of paint and its beauty using contrasting and complimentary colors to evoke vibrancy and interest in her current creations.
Her scope of work ranges from abstract landscapes to faceless figures and portraits and not to mention, her beloved, koi fish. She loves to create commissions collaborating with the patron’s vision and personal preferences matched with Courtney’s artistic talents and keen sense of color and bold style.