I am first and foremost a wife to an amazing and supportive husband, and mother to three incredible boys who are growing into wonderful young men.
Family comes first, and when I have the time, and I find I am happier when I make the time, I absolutely adore painting. Aside from my family, painting
is the love of my life, my driving force. When I create a piece, it’s not just about trying to accurately depict a person or scene, even though that is important to
me, but about creating a mesmerizing piece of art that captures your attention. It’s about having a piece of art that not only enhances the decor within your home, but that also grasps you on a deeper level.
Currently I live in Springfield, Virginia, though I have enjoyed living throughout the United States, as well as the privilege of living briefly overseas in Yokosuka, Japan. Much of my inspiration for my paintings come from travels throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
As far as my education, I received a BFA in Fashion Illustration from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1990. By the time I graduated, Fashion Illustration was a bit of a dying art, so I spent much of my time in the workplace doing retail advertising for Belk, Woodward and Lothrop, the Navy Exchange, and then a short period of time as a graphic designer at Ted Hansen Design Associates.
Once I started having children, they became my priority, and still are. As they have gotten older and more independent, I have found time for my own interests and pursuits. I started painting again, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. As a young girl, I loved drawing people and faces. In my adult years I moved away from portraits and created more landscapes, though I am slowly moving back in the direction of painting people again. For a time I also had a more illustrative technique to my paintings, but have now incorporated the palette knife into my paintings, which gives them an energetic feel that I absolutely love.
I am so very grateful for this gift that I have been blessed with, and hope to be able to share it with others.
I understand that art is very subjective, but if my style of painting speaks to you, and you are considering commissioning a painting, I would be happy to work with you and see what we can create together.