(1950 - ) Growing up in a home where being an artist was not allowed. I can remember going to my room, locking the door, and drawing for hours. Forced to conceal my talent, I would then hide the drawings in a box in the back of my closet. During college, my parents insisted that I major in Computer Science because Art was not a “career type” major. When my father, a wonderful man, who felt he was only looking out for my welfare, realized all my electives were in art, pulled me out of college. Only after I got married was I able to go back to college to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. I majored in design because I felt either an interior or fashion design degree would result in marketable skills, a career necessity which I agreed with my father. However, my degree remained unfinished as a result of giving birth to my first son on the day I was required to have my Senior Show, final critique, and exam. Therefore, my life’s direction changed once again as I became a stay-at-home mom.
While having three sons and adopting one, my days were filled with ball games, homework, housework and diapers. Painting became my way of escaping a world of all males and provided me something that was truly my own. For years I experimented with oil and once I thought I had figured it out, I decided to teach myself the media of dry brush watercolor. I worked every night after my children went to bed. It became such an obsession that some nights I would work until three or four in the morning before realizing it. Although the next day with the kids would be very hard, I still looked forward to the night and my next opportunity to drift back into my art world.
In 1984, one of my friends asked me to draw her two children and offered me $75 for each finished piece. Another friend suggested that I enter my painting of two rabbits in a local art show. I won Best of Show! This marked the beginning of my career as an artist.
Little changed until 1987, when I entered the “Art for the Parks” contest, a national, government-sponsored art contest for the National Parks Service. I was selected as a finalist of over 2300 competitors. The resulting publicity led to more and more commissions. I was at last doing what I loved to do and making money, something I had been told while growing up, was impossible.
Since then I was chosen as the national artist for the 100 Year Celebration of Flight with four paintings of the Wright Brothers, accepted and displayed in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Prints were sold and displayed throughout the world. I have also become an artist for the American Kennel Club, the National Youth Cutting Horse Association, National VFW, State of North Carolina artist dedicated to the mission of aiding homeless veterans, and recently the artist for the Region 12 Arabian Horse Association.
I have enjoyed painting commission pieces of all kinds as well as philanthropic works to raise money for good causes. Currently I am alternating my commission pieces with my private pieces. The private paintings I enter into national and world contests. In the 2012, I entered the American Art Awards for the first time with a four panel creation, winning fourth place. In 2013, I entered four new pieces in three categories winning fourth and fifth in one category and first place in another. My private original art will be available for sale through this website. Eventually prints of my animals, landscapes, and modern art will also be available.
There is nothing I would rather do at my age and in years to come, than my art. I still feel as if I am only beginning my career, having so many new ideas just waiting to be expressed on paper or canvas. I plan to keep painting until I leave this world.