My earliest connection to art began with matchbook covers that claimed, “If you can draw this you could be an artist!” At 7, I was obsessed and drew as many as I could find. The lumber Jack, the leprechaun. I wanted to be an artist! I could free hand early on. At 35 I discovered the book “The Artists Way” the journey of reconnecting the artist and the child who dreamed. It changed my life and re-connected me to the passion I had buried beneath my professional career of 20 plus years.
Through workshops, DVD’s and instructional books I plowed into a new world of discovery. I entered the Arkansas Arts Center and began a 3 year study program with Steven Cefalo for figure and portrait. I have completed advanced studies at Studio Imcammanati with Stephen Early (a direct student of Nelson Shanks). Intensive studies at Watts Atelier with Jefferey Watts.
I am currently represented by Pinnacle Fine Art in Little Rock, AR. Also by Myra’s Fine Art Gallery in Pine, AZ. I ‘ve recieved numerous awards for both painting and drawing with 2 solo exhibitions. The most recent, with over 60 pieces was held in Texas at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Center in 2015.
Moving to Arizona in 2016 was next in order. Here I began studying at the Scottsdale Artists School where the best teachers and artists come from all over the world. There I began teaching beginning drawing and beginning painting in 2017. Later that year I was juried into an Oil Painters of America exhibition, my first national show. So much going on in 2018 I wouldn’t know where to start!