As a toddler, I sat underneath quilts in large frames as my mother, grandmothers, and their friends created delicate, feathery patterns with their stitches. Gazing up at the “stained glass” fabric, I watched them push their tiny quilting needles through the layers of muslin, cottony batting, and colorful squares. That is my earliest memory of beautiful art.
Following their lead, I grew up sewing and quilting, and many years later, I began to explore drawing and painting, studying under the guidance of Susan Truex.
I enjoy painting images of people and things that are important to me, whether it’s a still life of eggs or rusty heaps, portraits of family and friends, or landscapes of lush fields or dark alley ways. I am fascinated by how light and shadow create form, bringing a one-dimensional image on canvas to life.
In addition to studying with Susan Truex, I have also participated in workshop studies with Pat Thompson, Brett Weaver, Roger Dale Brown, Richard Greathouse, and Max Ginsburg.
I am a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Women Painters of the Southeast, and Murfreesboro Art League.
Honors, Awards, Juried Exhibitions, Publications:
*Official Portrait, Judge J.S. “Steve” Daniel, Rutherford County Judicial Building
*People’s Choice Award, “Cinnamon Queens,” Women Painters of the Southeast, 2013
*Juried, “Clover Crown,” Women Painters of the Southeast, 2014
*20th Annual Art Studio Tour, Stones River Craft Association
*Murfreesboro Magazine, April 2014
*The Art of the Portrait Tuition Scholarship, Portrait Society of America, 2014
*FASO Daily Art Show Staff Pick, “Carl’s Pond, Frozen,” 2014
*Best in Show, “Clover Crown,” Stones River Survey, 2014