I am a Mountaineer having been born and raised in West Virginia. My initial experience as an artist happened during childhood. Like so many children, I was in possession of a box of Crayola® crayons and a basic watercolor set. I spent countless hours drawing and painting. I took tremendous pleasure in the joy of giving art to my family and friends. I determined in high school that I wanted to continue to pursue the study of art. I enrolled at West Virginia University in the College of Creative Arts where I earned my B.F.A with Certification in Art Education. It was here that I further expanded my knowledge in painting, drawing and sculpture. I enjoyed teaching art for 25+ years in both the public and private sector.

Most of my work is inspired by my connection with the landscape and the lure of the natural beauty that surrounds us. I work primarily in painting media-pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media. I work from my home studio in Vienna, WV.

Artistic Statement

I find myself energized by the playfulness of light as it journeys to and through a particular landscape. One might say that I enjoy being held captive by light; from dappled light in the deepest of forests revealing its hidden wonders – to the hot afternoon sun casting pronounced shadows across the terrain unlocking memories of long summer days of youth – to the transient blinding twinkle of light as it dances on the surface of water. For me, this is inspiration.

Through art I have always felt more connected to the wider touch of human experience, and each time I begin a new piece, it is with the intent of uncovering and exploring the details that distinguish a particular moment for me and for the viewer. Ultimately that's what I want my art to do: to allow people to make connections between the images in my work and the images in their own memories, their own stories and understandings based on their own experiences of place. This connectedness is profoundly important in my work.

Exhibits

My paintings have been shown in the following venues:

Juried Exhibitions

  • 2022 -- Pure Color 6th Annual Online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings
    (Juror of Selection: Michael Freeman, IAPS/MC, PSA, MPANZ
  • 2022 -- Great Lakes Pastel Society Online National Exhibition
    (Juror of Selection: Kim Lordier, PSA, PSWC-DP, LPAPA, CAC, Judge of Awards: Rita Kirkman, PSA, CPS, IAPS/EP)
  • 2021 -- Pure Color 5th Annual Online International Juried Exhibition of Pastel Paintings
    (Juror of Selection: Isabelle V. Kim, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, SPF-MP
  • 2021 -- WATERS Online Art Show, Grey Cube Gallery, Merit Award, Merit Award

Published Works

  • Davidson Housing Coalition Hammers Calendar (2008)
  • Davidson Housing Coalition Hammers Calendar (2007)
  • Davidson College, Office of the Chaplain, Poster Image for Visiting Lecture Series

Public Art

  • Ada Jenkins Food Pantry Mural
  • Davidson College Presbyterian Church Mural

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