I am a native of the South, living most of my life along the Gulf Coast in Alabama and Florida. As a young person, I spent my school years in Mobile, Alabama and my summers in Gulf Shores, Alabama. As an adult I have lived in the rural South, Gulf Shores and in Florida, Pensacola and suburban Tampa.
My work reflects this heritage, principally the tranquility of landscapes, seascapes, florals, beaches, weather beaten barns, rusty tin roofs, blue crabs, dusty roads, pine forests and gardens. I am self-taught, but several mentors along the way helped me define my style which I describe as a mix of realism and impressionism. My mediums are oils and water colors. The works range from life-sized to miniatures.
Professionally, my art career started in 1973. My paintings sold, my interests and skills broadened, and in 1980 I opened a gallery and teaching studio which I operated for 10 years. I sold the business in 1989 and moved to Gulf Shores, actively continuing my art career for about another 10 years.
Beginning in 2000, caring for an ailing husband forced a sharp reduction in my time to paint. But a bright new phase in my life began in 2007 which resulted in a marriage, a move and a new studio in Lithia, Florida where I am happily ensconced painting…painting…painting.
I am always eager for the opportunity to study with a fellow artist or try a new technique. I am aware of new visual concepts developing before me each day, and I am constantly trying to reach new heights in my mediums.