W A T E R C O L O R S
People Pets and Places You Love
I'm a self-taught artist. When growing up near Raleigh, North Carolina, I discovered that drawing light and dark values creates three dimensions on paper; I was captivated. I drew from my imagination until Andrew Wyeth's and Sargent's realism inspired me to paint the people, pets, and places around me. Art school instructors refused to believe I was self-taught which caused my passion to soar. 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 (WSNC) and from eastern North Carolina art shows and competitions. My work has won awards across the state and locally exhibited at the Greenleaf Gallery in Duck, the Christmas Shop, and the Sea and Sound galleries in Manteo. "Old Nags Head Fishing Pier" and "Days In Rodanthe" are among the series of award-winning paintings of well-loved historic piers on the Outer Banks. I serve as Eastern Region Director of the WSNC Board of Directors and am a signature member. I've been the featured artist in local publications; my work has been chosen for book cover illustrations; and I do commissioned work.
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. Forty years ago, in a near-death experience, 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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