Sometimes, growing up, I saw something so captivating it demanded expression in a drawing. I was intrigued at how drawing light and dark values on a two-dimensional surface became a three-dimensional picture. As I discovered that life made more sense when I created art, I taught myself to draw, and I entitled my sketchbook, "Expressiones". Artist Andrew Wyeth’s detailed realism inspired me to draw and paint my surroundings in Piedmont North Carolina.
When I won an award at fourteen my passion for art ignited, and I became resolute to paint. Formal training began at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, then at Northern Virginia Community College and as a fine arts major at George Mason University.
The personal benefits of painting far exceed winning awards, as life still makes more sense when I create art. Most recently I received the blue ribbon at the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show, the longest running art show in the United States. Strong value contrasts in detailed realism still characterize my work.
Other local awards at the Frank Stick Art Show, Dare Arts art shows in Manteo, and at the Arts of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City are many. My paintings have been well-represented at the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, as they have been at the Christmas Shop in Manteo and the Gaskins Gallery on Hattaras Island.
I've taught private classes, workshops by invitation, and classes for local art councils, including Dare Arts in Manteo. I love painting with other artists, for the synergy inspires and increases the flow of inspiration, imagination and creativity. I painted primarily for friends and by commission until settling across the sound from the Outer Banks. Nearly forty years ago I met Jesus in a very real way, and my life and painting took on a new dynamic. Since then, my passion for drawing and painting is in thanks to Him for His gift of new life to me.
You may find my work in leading galleries and art shows on the Outer Banks, around northeast North Carolina, and in public buildings and private homes throughout the United States. I am a juried member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and the local Dare County Arts Council.
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