I am a self taught artist and paint by emotion and instinct. I started painting in 2012 after retiring from the U.S. Navy as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer and then as a licensed veterinary technician. It was a “Sip and Stroke” painting party that brought back the memories of me as a little child, drawing all the time and wanting to go to art school. My parents’ plan was for me to graduate from college and have a professional career so I was discouraged from pursuing art. Now, in the last 5 years, I have built a successful business selling my work and teaching acrylic painting and graphite drawing at The Art Teacher’s Studio on the Fayetteville square.
I am inspired by colors, especially warm earthy colors of rusts and gold. I especially love to use teal to contrast the oranges. I use layers of thin paint to blend and create a realistic picture that invokes nostalgic memories of a time or place in our childhood. The beach is also very inspiring to me because of its soothing to my soul, bringing me a feeling of calmness and completion.
I am a member of Tennessee Craft, the Elk Valley Crafters Association, Arts Huntsville and Huntsville Art League.