About Me

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I am an artist.  It’s taken me a long time to finally say that — 66 years to be exact.  But I love to paint.  People, landscapes, still lifes, dogs, etc.  I love the discovery of what happens with colors, light, brushstrokes … bottom line is it makes me happy.  I’m hoping that some of my paintings will give you some joy as well.

I also love to teach painting.  I do a three day workshop “Alla Prima Portraits, using the Zorn Palette”.  I love to see the lights come on for a student and their excitement about that.  I also teach palette knife painting in plein air.  

I went to college in Fine Arts ages ago but did not pursue it as a career.  Everything but — graphics, stained glass, silk screening, hand painted clothing, faux finishing and murals.  But in the last 15 years I’ve come back to  painting.  I’ve worked with a number of amazing teachers who taught and inspired me.  I think it’s a never ending process — always something to learn.  And what a fun process it is!!!


Accolades and Awards

  • Juried into the AWA Museum Show, Steamboat Springs, CO 2019
  • Group Show, Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery 2018
  • Juried into “Shadows on the Teche” Plein Air competition 2018
  • Juried into OPA’s Salon Show 2018
  • Juried into AWA’s Spring Online Show 2018
  • Finalists in Best and Brightest, Scottsdale Art School 2018
  • Finalist in the Richeson 75 Figure and Portrait 2017 Show
  • Meritorious the Richeson 75 Figure and Portrait 2017 Show
  • American Women Artist’s Juried Online Spring Show 2017
  • Juried into the Oil Painters of America’s 2016 National Show in Dallas with “Kalvin”
  • Finalist Richeson 75 Figure and Portrait Show 2016
  • Meritorious the Richeson 75 Figure and Portrait 2016 Show
  • Meritorious the Richeson Animals, Birds and Wildlife 2016
  • Juried into the Mint Museum “Art in the Garden” 2016, 2017
  • Selected to participate in “Showdown” in the Hart-Witzen Gallery
  • One woman show, Free Range Brewery, February – March 2016
  •  Finalist in the American Woman Artists National Juried 2015 Show at Bonner David Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. Award of Merit for “Kalvin, Portrait of a Young Man”
  • Selected as one of 30 artists to participate in the 2015 Piedmont Paint Out in High Point, NC.  Received “Artists’ Choice Award”
  • Finalist in the Richeson75 Figure and Portrait Show 2015
  • 2 Honorable Mentions in the Guild of Charlotte Artists, 2015
  •  Honorable Mention, “Colton’s Choice” award and “People’s Choice” award in the Matthews Art Guild, 2015 – Matthews Alive Festival
  • Finalist in the 2015 Spring Online Show for the American Women Artists
  • Selected for the Carolina’s Got Art Show at the Elder Gallery, June 2015
  • Finalist in the Artist’s Magazine 2014 Over 60 competition
  • Finalist in the Richeson75 Online Animals, Birds and Wildlife 2013 Show.
  • Group Show, Tres Chouette 2010


  • American Women Artists
  • American Impressionist Society
  • Oil Painters of America
  • Portrait Society of America
  • NC Plein Air Painters