Our school was on an outing to an art museum that had students leaving classes with their portfolios. I wanted to be one of them. I knew I wanted to be an artist. It has not been a linear journey but I never lost that desire.
I worked for years as a graphic designer for newspapers, ad agencies, then as an art director in the building material, furniture and financial industries. But painting was always in the background. I went back to that museum after my children were in high school and started taking night classes and workshops. I owe the Worcester Art Museum a dept of gratitude. I became a Corporator at the Museum and was able to give back some of what was given to me. The classes and workshops there created a foundation I’m still adding onto.
Color is a priority in my work and then I take my inspiration with the light, movement and the abstraction within shapes. I work in my studio in Morehead City, NC now and since moving here from New England have been trying to nail down the subjects and landscapes of Eastern North Carolina. I’m always looking, trying to get that feeling for my paintings. I constantly challenge myself to paint and paint. The results are canvases that have gotten bigger, smaller, looser and more colorful.
I am grateful for all my teachers, especially Kat O’Connor, whom I studied with in New England and in New Mexico, Trisha Adams, who has really opened up oil painting for me, including a workshop with her in Italy, and my good friend Heather Sink at Cravin’ Art in Beaufort. My work can be seen at Arts and Things in Morehead City, Mattie Davis King Gallery in Beaufort, the Village Gallery in Oriental and at local exhibits in Eastern North Carolina. I am involved in the Arts Council of Carteret County, volunteer at the Beaufort Historical Association and am a member of the Carteret County Arts and Craft Coalition.
I am so fortunate my husband David relocated here for work. David, when not working, is a great photographer and we often collaborate.