W A T E R C O L O R S
People Pets and Places You Love
When I discovered that life made more sense when I created art, I taught myself to draw. Artist Andrew Wyeth’s detailed realism inspired me to draw and paint the wealth of resources in my Piedmont North Carolina environment.
Passion for art grew when I won my first award at fourteen. With more recognition, I more resolutely sought expression through painting. 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.
People, pets, houses, and landscapes in realism remain my favorite subjects. My most recent award is the 2016 blue ribbon Excellence Award, another of several in a few years, at the Thirty-eighth Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show in Nags Head. It is the longest running art show in the United States. Strong value contrasts with detail still characterize my work.
I've teach private classes and workshops by invitation for arts councils, and have taught for the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. I continue a life-long learning curve painting with leading artists throughout the United States.
I painted primarily by commission until settling on the sound across 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 other 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.
Email me from the Contact Page about purchasing original watercolors, to commission portraits of beloved family members as well as your precious pets, and to commission a portrait of your cherished home.