I’m a self-taught artist. Ever since I was first given a box of crayons, creativity has been a constant in my life.
After retiring from my high school Counselor career with the US Virgin Islands in 2005, I focused on developing my painting skills. The tropical climate and weather had deteriorated many of our photos and I looked at painting as a way of preserving those memories. Working with oils, I also joined a plein air group that painted at a different site every week. I loved the challenges this presented, as well as the excitement of painting my island. In addition, I took several art classes and workshops to expand my knowledge and skills.
After moving to Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina, in 2013, I switched to acrylics, due to environmental concerns, and expanded my color palette.
I’ve always enjoyed the prospect of showing my work. I’ve participated in the Artist Studios of Fearrington Village Open Studio Tour several times, have organized and been in many art shows and gallery exhibits, and had my artwork appear in magazines, books and calendars.
My representational style and love of color haven’t changed through the years. I've really enjoyed exploring the versatility acrylics provide and expanding my skills with this medium. Most of my paintings are done on a cradled surface on which I've extended my image around the sides.
A prolific painter, I can be found at my easel almost every day. My studio, which also serves as my gallery, is located in my home.
My artwork is very reflective of my locale. What I can't capture in the moment via plein air, I capture with my camera to inspire me and reproduce in my studio.
I view myself as a continual “work in progress” and my art helps me explore what I can be. My creative process is always an “artventure” as I try to express my world through my paintings.
I love having one of my artworks evoke a memory or put a smile on a viewer's face!