Sketching amid ferns in Shenandoah National Park

 I began drawing while a student at the University of Virginia, later studied printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University and more recently, advanced painting at Randolph and Lynchburg College.  

My work has been exhibited in juried shows throughout Virginia and can be found at the following galleries.

Lindor Arts, 306 First Street, Roanoke, VA, 24011    

Riverviews Co-Op Gallery, 901 Jefferson St., Lynchburg, VA, 24504    

Artist Statement

I came to know my place in the world when I was nine.  High in a yard tree, draped across two  limbs, it dawned on me that I was a natural creature.  It is this consciousness I inhabit when I’m painting.  At nine, I could conjure up the experience of being a bird – flying, singing, feeling at home in a tree. As an adult, it takes some effort to remember that state.  I am a musician, teacher, wife, mother, student – but as an artist, I step back into my true place.  It feels like being nine again.

I enjoy mixing my palette – creamy, primal, opaque pigments, almost as much as painting.  Many of my favorite paintings are created en plein air, which allows me to experience the light, temperature, sounds, and mood of the setting.  This approach requires direct observation, and swift internal composing and editing.

 

My paintings push back at me, often leading me away from my original plan.  A color will vibrate against another color, my arm will make an awkward motion, or my mind will wander, and somewhere between intention and intuition, a painting emerges.  And although I am surprised to see evidence of my nine-year old self, I let it stand.