Growing up, strong heart-responses to something I saw demanded expression. I discovered that when organizing light and dark graphite values on paper for three-dimensional results, life made more sense. So, I taught myself to draw and entitled my sketchbook, "Expressiones". Artist Andrew Wyeth’s detailed realism inspired me to draw and paint my surroundings in rural Piedmont North Carolina.
My passion for painting ignited when I won an art award at fourteen. Resolute to paint, formal training began in 1969 at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, then at Northern Virginia Community College and as a fine arts major at George Mason University.
Personal benefits of painting exceed monetary rewards, as life still makes more sense when I create art. Most recently I received the blue ribbon Excellence Award at the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show, (the longest running art show in the United States). Strong value contrasts in detailed realism still characterize my work.
Other awards over the years are many, and my work has been well 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.
Though for years, I used to paint primarily for friends and commissions, since returning to coastal North Carolina, I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of painting with the community of artists on the Outer Banks. Whether teaching classes and workshops or joining others for fun, the synergy available painting with others increases inspiration, imagination and creativity. 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.