the Artist ....
have always been
interested in any type of art, craft or handywork from a
young age. I started painting on porcelain china, scratch art and pen and ink in
my early teen years and showed at several art shows before I even had a driverís
license. Then I married and "life and work" took over for
the next 27 years. I was unable to pursue any creative side until 2007 when
I retired from my full time "job", picked up a paint brush and jumped in
to oil painting full time.
I enjoy the
structure and technical attributes necessary to bring forth
a beautiful realistic painting. My aim is not photo-realism --
but rather, my own interpretation of how to manipulate the
paint to show how light can beautifully enhance a subject. I enjoy
methods using the
traditional techniques of the still-life old masters
through underpainting and glazing multiple layers of paint
to a final glowing surface. However, in my landscape
and figurative work, I do employ a slightly more
spend a good deal of time
selecting and setting up objects with
lighting effects that create drama.
I enjoy painting a cherished object, such as
my motherís or grandmother's antiques, or other treasures I
have picked up along the way.
does not have any underlying meaning or mission, I simply want
my art to portray life's beauty and tranquility and I hope
others will feel that when they
view my paintings.
I enjoy traveling
and attending workshops with other painters to further my
techniques and knowledge. I also teach
oil painting in Maryville TN and enjoy passing along the
knowledge I have learned from others. If you have
questions or interest in any of my paintings or classes,
please contact me.
Oil Painters of America (Artist Member)
Portrait Society of America (Artist Member)
American Women Painters (Artist Member)
Women Painters of the Southeast (Artist Member)
Tennessee Artists Association (Artist Member and Board
Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild (Artist Member and Board Member)
Knoxville Arts &
Culture Alliance (Artist Member)
Arts Blount (Juried artist member and Treasurer,
Board of Directors, 2008-2011