My creative journey started when I was a child in Southwestern Virginia with a vivid imagination and self-motivation to be expressive. Later in life, my professional career as a mental health therapist gave me an outlet for my passion of art. I was able to use my own interpretation of art therapy with my most challenging clients which became an effective treatment method.I learned that expression coming from the depths of the soul is the most useful healing art form.My desire is to present a personal connection with those who may view my paintings.
Currently retired in Murrells Inlet, SC,I have studied art with many accomplished artists. I have taken information from all of them and incorporated it into my own unique style. My work has been rewarded with numerous awards and my life’s an artist has been enriched beyond expectations.
My awards include Best Body of Works”from the 2013 Taulman Museum Sidewalk art show Roanoke, VA and Best in the Show from the Smith Mountain VA Arts Council. I also was twice juried into the Virginia Watercolor Society Show before moving to SC. I was presented with an Award of Distinction from the Virginia Watercolor Society show in 2016.
Awards since moving to South Carolina include Best in Show in the Seacoast Artist fall show as well as the Georgetown Watercolor Society Best in Show. One of my paintings was also juried into the SC Watermedia Sociesty for the 2018 National Show.
I feel that my journey has come full circle as I teach, conduct workshops, and give presentations to upcoming artists.
I experiment with color, shape, and texture while deciding the content of a painting. Having the excitement of an abstract or non-objective piece becoming a story within a painting is my goal. The anticipation of the connection with the viewer is the driving force of my expressions. I enjoy starting something the viewer will finish. I am an intuitive artist.