My mother bought me my first "real" paints from the only art store in my home town of Kinston, North Carolina, when I was about eight years old. They were three large tubes of acrylics - red, blue, and yellow. Since my mom heard that you could make any color from those three, she assumed I had all that I needed! And in a way, she was right. Those tubes of paint sparked a lifelong love of painting and taught me some great color mixing skills along the way. When I received my first set of watercolor paints a few years later (10 colors this time - a bonanza!), I knew I had found another medium that I loved; and I haven't stopped painting in watercolors and acrylics since.
I grew up in a community that valued the arts and had some wonderful teachers in my youth. I particularly credit my high school art teacher, Fausto Cardell, for encouraging me and teaching me so many skills. I also closely watched painters on PBS television whenever I could, and tried to emulate what they did. Bill Alexander, Terry Madden, Tom Lynch, Helen Van Wyk, and of course, Bob Ross, were my regular instructors.
For the past 30 years I have lived in Atlanta, Georgia and have continued painting, building up a large client base through painting watercolor portraits of children, pets, and houses. I have also continued painting original works and am currently focused on a series of watercolor still lifes featuring glass objects, flowers, fruits and vegetables, focusing on reflections and shadows. In addition, I have an ongoing love of painting vintage lawn chairs because of the happy memories that they bring back to me.
I am a member of the Atlanta Artist Center and regularly have pieces in their monthly exhibits. My painting also took first prize in the 2019 Dunwoody Fine Arts Association "Sights and Insights" competition.
If you are interested in purchasing a painting or a requesting a commission, please get in touch through the "contact me" page on this website.