I am a lifelong resident of the Down East which we natives of North Carolina refer to as anything that's east of I-95. Having made a home on family farmland, I live here with my husband, Gary who is retired Air Force; my daughter, Alyssa who is creative in her own right; and her diva cat named Libby.
Growing up, I loved coloring, designing evening gowns for my Barbies, and painting in watercolor books. My post secondary education began in commercial art and advertising design. As much as I wanted to be in a creative career field, there were detours along the way. Today, I am a 20 plus year teaching veteran of the middle grades classroom. In my early years of teaching I often found myself overwhelmed and mentally exhausted from the day to day. Through faith, I returned to making art in 2012 and in doing so, I have found connection, peace, and encouragement which I hope to convey through the moments and emotions expressed on canvas.
For New Bern, NC banner project, "Who He Is"- mixed media
Today, my one of a kind artwork in expressionism and representational art has been shown in many settings throughout North Carolina. I have exhibited work in galleries, juried shows, in the offices of chambers of commerce, restaurants, recreational centers, and even as a street lamp banner. Away from the studio, I have brought my faith, love of art, and teaching experience to church events, women’s groups, art groups, and women’s retreats.
"Outrageous Invitation" in acrylic (diptych)
A diptych is an artwork consisting of two pieces that together create a singular work of art.