As an artist and teacher of the visual arts, my career began 40 years ago in a rural Connecticut Elementary School after receiving a BS in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Graduate school brought me south to the University of North Carolina Greensboro where I earned an MFA in Painting. I have enjoyed teaching a variety of Painting and Drawing Courses at Coastal Carolina University for 34years. My paintings have been exhibited in regional, national and international juried exhibitions. I live and maintain a studio in Pawleys Island, South Carolina with my husband Paul.
The watercolor and mixed media painting process I employ consists of multiple layering of color and texture with adequate drying and thinking time between the layers.
· Initially ‘thumbnail sketches’ help me organize my thoughts, imagery, composition and value systems. In addition to water media my mixed media pieces include combinations of various inks, prism color pencil, stitchery and beading.
I enjoy taking long walks, 'plein air' painting the landscape, capturing a person's essence in painting portraits and figures and the intense colors and patterns of quilts and fabrics. Undoubtedly, my love of color and pattern is a direct influence from my grandmother who was a wonderful seamstress and made beautiful dresses of color and pattern. My paintings often include a combination of these natural and human elements with intense color and pattern.