Although I paint a variety of subjects, including pet portraits and abstracts, I prefer wildlife and nature. I am especially intrigued with birds of prey and the wildlife along the southeastern coast. I view each new painting as an adventure – learning and exploring the mysteries of the animal kingdom as I work on each piece. I strongly feel that working from nature instills in me the need to capture and preserve as art the world we see around us. Whether working with charcoal, graphite, oils, or wood, I like to manipulate these mediums to capture the inner strength, personality, and mood of each creature.While my art is mostly self taught, I have benefited from art studies at UNC-Wilmington and have taken many workshops and classes in painting and woodcarving from world renowned instructors. I am always looking for new ideas to further aid and educate me in developing my own unique style. I have won many awards in competitions and my work hangs in private and corporate collections across the USA. I am currently a member of the Associated Artists of Southport, the Wilmington Art Association, and the Cape Fear Woodcarvers Club where I can share ideas and learn from other artists.