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At around six years of age, I discovered life makes more sense when I create art.  I taught myself how to draw by studying illustrations and art work in my dad's book collections and magazine subscriptions and by drawing what I saw outside. Andrew Wyeth's and Winslow Homer's work remain favorites.  I began painting at fourteen to enter an art contest and won an award.  Painting with watercolors is as rewarding today as it was when I was a child: life still makes more sense when I'm creating art!  

Formal training was at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and at George Mason University as a fine arts major.  I continue a life-long learning curve by painting with well-known artists like Eric Weigardt, Don Andrews, Jan Kuntz, Janet Walsh, Joseph Fettingus, Jane Jones, Hans Hoffman, and Jacque Faber, to name just a few.  Home became the Outer Banks of North Carolina thirteen years ago, and my husband Richard and I live on the sound in Currituck.  

My passion is for painting portraits of people, pets, and places, using strong value contrasts and details, and my work has continued to win awards.  Thirty-six years ago, I met Jesus in a very real way, and my painting took on a new dynamic.  My passion for drawing and painting is in thanks to Him for His gift of new life to me.

I am a juried member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society and the local Dare County Arts Council.  You may find my work in art shows and galleries in and around the Outer Banks, northeast North Carolina, and in public buildings and private homes throughout the United States.    

Email me from the Contact Page about purchasing original watercolors and to commission portraits of beloved family members, your precious pets, and a portrait of your cherished home.