Brooks has lived in southeastern North Carolina since 1973. Raising two boys and a menagerie of animals on wooded acreage minutes from the beach has provided her endless artistic inspiration. Painting murals in public buildings and schools, movie sets, illustrations and cherished portraits, have filled her portfolio and established her career as a respected artist.
She has worked with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, National Audubon Society and recently the Red Wolf Coalition to create memorable art for use in education. Her murals cover the walls of the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery of the Cape Fear Museum of History as well as other museums in North Carolina.
Her oil paintings on canvas have been honored in national juried exhibitions with numerous awards. Brooks’ art is collected internationally and resides in many corporate collections, including several banking institutions and the SAS Institute of Chapel Hill.
Brooks’ work is deeply rooted in nature, capturing fleeting light in subtle patterns on the marsh or mesmerizing effects on the water. Her birds and other wildlife are portrayed with dignity and empathy. Though she is a realist, her aim is to convey her emotional response and memory of each scene. Brooks’ art is a legacy of peace and beauty that will touch your soul and fill your heart.