I remember riding my bike to summer art lessons at the Children's Museum.
It was located in a rambling, old house with a helicopter in the front yard -
what child wouldn't love this place? All hot and sweaty from a two mile ride
in the Florida sun, I'd park my bike and run up the back steps to an enclosed
porch where art class was held. I remember the feeling of stepping through
that door into a magical, paint-spattered sanctuary. During those summer
months on the back porch, a love for painting was born.
Many years of events seemingly unrelated to art followed this beginning.
There was college, marriage, a move to North Carolina, and the birth of two
sons. My family was the primary focus during this time, and many weekends
were spent together backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains where we
were immersed in the beauty of God's creation. I didn't realize it at the time, but He had begun to fan that little flame again.
My boys grew older. More time became available. Then one summer I registered for an art class at our local community college and stepped through that door again.
So the journey continues. I am a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and have been published in Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision and Splash 14: Light and Color (North Light Books). I’ve had the opportunity to study with outstanding nationally known artists such as Cheng-Khee Chee, Frederick Graff, and Joseph Fettingis. In addition to displaying at art festivals throughout the Southeast and teaching workshops, I've enjoyed doing freelance work for the DaySpring division of Hallmark. The beauty of God's Word and His glorious creation continue to be the inspiration for my watercolor paintings.