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I taught myself to draw when growing up in Piedmont North Carolina.  When I discovered drawing values creates a three-dimensional picture, I was captivated.  Lost for hours and days drawing from my imagination, I discovered
Andrew Wyeth's and Sargent's realism, who inspired me to paint the people, pets, and places around me.  When art school instructors refused to believe I was self-taught, my passion soared.  I'd found my tribe, surrounded by others who were passionate about creating art.  But my motivation to persevere with painting was that life made more sense when I created art.

After attending art school 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 won awards across the state and locally, including the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, the Christmas Shop, and the Sea and Sound galleries in Manteo.  "Old Nags Head Fishing Pier" and "Days In Radanthe" are among the
 series of award-winning paintings of well-loved historic piers on the Outer Banks.  I serve on the Watercolor Society of North Carolina Board of Directors as Eastern Region Director and am a signature member. I've 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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