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Growing up in Sanford, NC (near Raleigh) without art instruction, I taught myself to draw and paint. Creating a three-dimensional picture on a two-dimensional surface intrigued me. Years later, I realized I had taught myself the elements and principles of art and design exploring values, perspective, composition, line, and color. I studied photos of artwork in my dad's vast magazine and book volumes to learn how the artists did it. Andrew Wyeth's realism encouraged me to paint my environment. Art school instructors refused to believe I was self-taught and that greatly encouraged me. But my motivation to persevere was that life made more sense when I created art.
My passion to paint ignited when I won an art award at fourteen. Others' strong responses to my artwork fanned the flame to fuel the passion. After high school, I went to Greensboro College and then to the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Subsequent years, I painted with working artists in Northern Virginia. I achieved the requirements for a BA at George Mason University, when they had an excellent fine arts department.
Many of my art awards are from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, where I am a signature member; from eastern North Carolina art shows; and from many Outer Banks art competitions. I've exhibited my work across the state, and locally, including the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, the Christmas Shop and Sea and Sound galleries in Manteo, AOA in Elizabeth City, and Gaskins Gallery in Avon. Most recently, "Old Nags Head Pier", won blue ribbons in the 2017 Frank Stick, the Molly Fearing art shows, and also, the "Beach Book Phone Book" cover competition. It is one in series of my watercolor paintings depicting the well-loved historic landmark. I've also been the featured artist in local publications.
Today, painting continues to be the wind that fills the sails of my heart. Whether teaching classes and workshops or joining others to paint for fun, the synergy generated painting with others increases inspiration, imagination, and creativity. And, life still makes more sense when I create art. 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 not only on the Outer Banks and around northeast North Carolina, but also in public buildings and private homes throughout the United States. I am an active member in the Dare County Arts Council where I've taught drawing and watercolor classes.
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