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Growing up in North Carolina, strong heart-responses to things I saw demanded expression in a drawing. Life made more sense when I created art; I taught myself how to draw, learning to organize values so three-dimensions emerged. My sketchbook I entitled "Expressiones." Artist Andrew Wyeth’s detailed realism inspired me to draw and paint my surroundings.
My passion to paint ignited and solidified 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.
Most recently, "Mamie St. Clair House" received the blue ribbon Excellence Award at the 2016 Frank Stick Memorial Art Show, (the longest running art show in the United States). Other awards over the years are many. And my work has been represented at the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, the Christmas Shop in Manteo, the Gaskins Gallery on Hatteras Island, the Sea and Sound Gallery in Manteo, and Arts of the Albemarle.
Initially I drew and painted for friends and for commissions, but since returning to coastal North Carolina, I’ve enjoyed exhibiting my work more, as well as the camaraderie of the community of artists on the Outer Banks. Whether teaching classes and workshops or joining others to paint for fun, the 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 an active member in the local Dare County Arts Council in Manteo.