W A T E R C O L O R S
People Pets and Places You Love
Beginning in the second grade I taught myself to draw. School years were spent drawing classmates in the margins of my notebook paper. Compiled “books” of my sketches accumulated as I discovered ways to create three dimensions using light and dark values. Life made more sense when I created art, and eventually painting with watercolors became my passion.
The realism of Andrew Wyeth and J. S. Sargent’s watercolors inspired me to paint people, pets, and places familiar to me. When in art school in San Francisco, instructors refused to believe I was self-taught; I became resolute. When George Mason University had a wonderful fine arts department, I achieved the requirements for my BA degree. I paint what I learned from these and other distinguished artists and through much painting.
Many art awards are from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) and from eastern North Carolina art shows and competitions. My work has been exhibited in leading art galleries across the state and is well-known on the Outer Banks. My Nags Head Pier series are among the award-winning paintings of familiar, beloved historic places on the Outer Banks. I am a signature member of WSNC and serve on the Board of Directors as Eastern Region Director. I’ve been the featured artist in publications, and my work has been honored for book cover illustrations. I have judged art competitions and juried exhibitions. I am an active member in the Dare County Arts Council where I have taught classes and workshops.
Life still makes more sense when I create art. In a near-death experience forty years ago, I had a close encounter of the God-kind when I met Jesus in a very dramatic way. My life and art were so radically transformed that now my 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 northeast North Carolina, but also in public buildings and private homes throughout the United States.
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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