Most important I have found that my journey to self-knowledge has provided me with inspiration for my most successful art. Should I attempt to provide insight for other artists, I would suggest that they look within and the work will come.
My earliest interest in creating began in my very early years about the age of six with an overwhelming attraction to color. I always felt that I could touch color. Color had vibrations I could feel - both physically and spiritually. Now those relationships and tensions among colors help me create emotional statements. Using color allows me to create art that is alive.
As I began seriously working in art again in 1986, the work was traditional realism, and I worked mostly in watercolor. However, several years later I began working in mixed media with a special interest in the texture of painted surfaces. Quickly, my work moved into the realm of abstract and non-objective art. Further exploration led me into printmaking, which included monotypes, collagraphs, and multimedia printmaking. My art now is moving more toward the third dimension
B.S. Administration of Criminal Justice
Additional 2 Years Art Curriculum University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Selected Studies with leading American artists including: Rudy Pozzatti, Glen Bradshaw, Maxine Masterfield, Carole Barnes, Sharon Montgomery, Barbara Nechis, Carrie Brown, Bernice Ficek-Swenson and John M. Swenson: Landmark Editions, Destiny Allison: Santa Fe Clay and The Penland School.
JURIED NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:
National Watercolor Society North Carolina Watercolor Society
Southern Watercolor Society Women's Work 1985 National Exhibition
Watercolor Oklahoma National Exhibition Pennsylvania Society of Watercolor Painters
Participated in 14 solo exhibits and 20 special group shows, including exhibitions at:
The Jayne Gallery, Kansas City Missouri.
The Shayne Gallery, Montreal.
Burlington Industries Corporate Headquarters Art Council of Wilson NC.
Artisans Gallery, Austin Texas.
Council of the Arts, Goldsboro NC.
Jill Flink Fine Art, Gallery Raleigh NC.
Gallery A, Chicago Illinois.
NCNB Corporate Headquarters, Greensboro NC.
Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe NM.
Festival of the Masters Disney World, Florida
Coconut Grove Art Festival,Coconut Grove, Florida
Las Olas Art Festival Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Oakbrook Invitational Art Festival Oakbrook, Illinois
Port Clinton Art Festival Highland Park, Illinois
Festival of the Arts Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
57th Street Art Fair Chicago, Illinois
Old Town Art Fair Chicago Illinois
Austin Art Festival Austin, Texas
Gasparilla Art Festival Tampa, Florida
Boca Raton Museum Art Festival Boca Raton, Florida
National Virginia Beach Art Festival Virginia
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts Miami, Florida
Mainsail Art Festival St. Petersburg, Florida
Old Orchard Art Festival Chicago, Illinois
Cain Park Art Festival Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Ann Arbor Street Fair Ann Arbor, Michigan
Park City Art Festival Park City, Utah
Winter Park Art Festival Winter Park, Florida
Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, Colorado
Plaza Art Festival Kansas City, Missouri
Longs Park Art Festival, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth Art Festival, Fort Worth Texas
Portland Art Festival,Portland Oregon
Scottsdale Art Festival, Scottsdale Arizona
La Quinta Festival of Art, Palm Springs California
Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito california
St. Louis Art Fair, St Louis Missouri
Milwaukee Festival of the Arts Mi lwaukee Wisconsin
Uptown Minneapolis Art Festival
Naperville Riverwalk Art Festival, Naperville Illinois
Des Moines Art Festival,Des Moines Iowa
Bellevue Art Festival, Bellevue Washington
Art fair on the Square, Madison Wisconsin