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. I view myself as a continual “work in progress” and my art helps me explore what I can be. 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. After moving to Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina in 2013, I switched to acrylics and expanded my color palette. A prolific painter, I can be found at my easel almost every day. Most of my paintings are done on cradled canvas and I extend my image around the sides so that they can be hung without frames. My studio is located in my home and also serves as my gallery.
Perhaps due to my plein air beginnings, I find inspiration in my locale, capturing landscapes, buildings, and Fearrington’s beloved farm animals on my canvases.