Growing up in North Carolina, strong heart-responses to things around me demanded expression in drawings. As life made more sense when I created art, I taught myself to draw, learning to organize values so three-dimensions emerged. My sketchbook, entitled "Expressiones", reflected the influence of Andrew Wyeth’s detailed realism, as his work inspired me to draw and paint my surroundings.
My passion to paint ignited when I won an art award at fourteen. I attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and more training came at Northern Virginia Community College and as a fine arts major at George Mason University.
Awards from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, Dare Arts in Manteo, and other Outer Banks galleries and events are many. I exhibit my work in galleries across the state and locally, including the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, and the Sea and Sound Gallery and the Christmas Shop in Manteo.
Whether teaching classes and workshops or joining others to paint for fun, synergy generated when 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 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 active in the Dare County Arts Council.