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When I learned that organizing values in a composition creates a three-dimensional picture, I was captivated.  As a child, I was lost for hours for days at a time learning to draw.  
Andrew Wyeth' realism influenced me to paint my environment, the people, the pets, and the places around me.  When art school instructors refused to believe I was self-taught, my passion soared.  I'd found my tribe, surrounded by creative people like me, passionate about creating art.  But my motivation to persevere with painting was that life made more sense when I created art.

After attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, I painted with working artists in Northern Virginia for over thirty years.  When they had an excellent fine arts department, I achieved the requirements for a BA at George Mason University.

Many art awards are from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and from eastern North Carolina art shows and competitions.  My work has been  exhibited across the state and locally, including the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, the Christmas Shop and Sea and Sound galleries in Manteo, AOA in Elizabeth City, and Gaskins Gallery in Avon.  Most recently, "Old Nags Head Fishing Pier", won blue ribbons in the 2017 Frank Stick and the Molly Fearing art shows; and the "Beach Book Phone Book" cover competition.  And, it was honored with a cash award at the WSNC 2017 Annual Juried Exhibition.  
It is one in a series of pier paintings depicting the well-loved historic landmarks.  I serve on the WSNC Board of Directors, where I am a signature member; I've also been the featured artist in local publications.

Today, painting continues to be the wind that fills the sails of my heart.  Whether teaching or joining others, the synergy generated 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 not only on the Outer Banks and around northeast North Carolina, but also in public buildings and private homes throughout the United States.  I am an active member in the Dare County Arts Council where I've taught drawing and watercolor classes.

Email me from the "Contact" page concerning commissioning paintings of your beloved family members, of your cherished pets, and of your home and other places you love.

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