About the work....

Portraiture has always been mesmerizing to me.

The expression a face communicates is defined by the tiniest details: the curve of a lip, an upturned brow, the blush of a cheek. During an interaction with another person, these small details can alter how you interpret the feelings you get from the other person. Yet, these are almost imperceptible in the moment.

I am obsessed with getting these tiny details to fit perfectly together to depict an individual person, not just trying to depict two eyes, a nose and a mouth, but a specific individual expressing a very subtle, very faint set of emotions and expressions.

I am also interested in how the medium of oil paint can achieve the likeness of the individual I’m trying to represent, without trying to replicate or replace what could just be depicted in a photograph. I want the viewer to recognize that my work is made of paint: an elaborate and delicate dance of brush strokes, vibrant colors, and textural marks. The viewer can simultaneously see these painterly strokes while also vividly seeing a person that feels real and alive.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

People In Paint; Main Street Gallery; Nashville, TN; 2019

Andrea Jacobson Paintings; 40AU; Nashville, TN; 2012

Portraits; threesquared gallery; Nashville, TN; 2008

Summer Paintings; Slocomb Gallery ETSU; Johnson City, TN; 2005

This Year’s Still Life; AR Gallery; Johnson City, TN; 2005

Selected Group Exhibitions

Straddling the Line: Between Abstraction & Representation; The Waiting Room Gallery;

                  Denver, CO; 2021

Art in the Time of Corona; Dab Art Co; Los Angeles, CA; 2021

Connection; Art-Fluent; 2021

Disrupted Realism; Buckham Gallery; Flint, MI; 2021

2020 Vision; Cabrillo Gallery; Aptos, CA; 2021

Women's Works; Old Court House Arts Center; Woodstock, IL; 2019

MBA Show; Montgomery Bell Academy; Nashville, TN; 2018

40 Under 40; Fort Works Art; Fort Worth, TX; 2017

Real People; Old Court House Arts Center; Woodstock, IL; 2017

2nd Annual Living Mark; Verum Ultimum; Portland, OR; 2015

Real People; Old Court House Arts Center; Woodstock, IL; 2015

I Am Art Nashville; W.O Smith Music School; Nashville, TN 2013

Untitled; Myridia; Nashville, TN; 2012

ReView: Recent Work By UHN Alumni; UNH Museum of Art; Durham, NH; 2011

Arts Immersion; ICON; Nashville, TN; 2009

MOANO; Rivoli Art Mill; Chattanooga, TN; 2007

Women’s Things: Reassessing Everyday Objects; Rogue College; Grants Pass, OR; 2006

Diminutive Works with Strong Presence; Artist in Residence; LaGrange, GA; 2006

SEED; Rivoli Art Mill; Chattanooga, TN; 2006

Faculty Exhibition; Slocumb Gallery ETSU; Johnson City, TN; 2005

Fresh! Emerging Artist Exhibition; AVA Gallery; Chattanooga, TN; 2005

Italian Landscapes; UNH Gallery; Durham, NH; 2004

EOS Concert Series; Morse Atrium; Durham, NH; 2004

1st Tennessee Bank Show; Reese Museum; Johnson City, TN; 2004

Best of Ringling; Selby Gallery; Sarasota, FL; 2002

Awards | Grants | Residencies

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Full Grant; Montreal, Canada; 2010

Residency at Fundación Valparaíso; Mojacar, Spain; 2010

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Full Grant; Montreal, Canada; 2006

AVA 4 Bridges Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship; Chattanooga, TN; 2005

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Full Grant; Montreal, Canada; 2004

Bernice Grey Hanhisalo Grant; University of New Hampshire; 2003


University of Florida Medical Center; Tampa, FL

University of New Hampshire; Morse Hall; Durham, NH

Former US Senator Bob Corker

Former Tennessee Titans Michael Roos