When I paint, I feel like it is my own personal journey. If someone happens to enjoy
something I've done - "all the better."
My paintings continue to change and evolve as I experiment with mediums and study.
Although I've painted landscapes and still life, I find more often than not I am
drawn back to the face and figure. Most paintings are done from drawings in live
model groups or photographs. I have painted most of my adult life and consider myself
primarily self-taught. Committing myself more seriously in the last two years, I
have studied under Marc Chatov and Ben Smith. Taking various workshops with differing
experiences has helped me narrow the focus of my own work.
I also discovered encaustic and fell in love with its endless possibilities. Encaustic
is painting with molten, pigmented beeswax. It can be fluid, tactile, sculptural,
realistic or abstract. It provides a luminous and spontaneous quality I love, so
it may be that I have found my - "resting place." The fact that you take shapes and
color into a composition with translucent layers is a fascinating process.
I have no idea where my artwork will take me in the future, but I know it will continue
to be a reflection of my passion for life and people.
I grew up in the foothills of the North and South Carolina mountains. I graduated
from Winthrop College with concentrated studies in Social Work, Religion and Philosophy.
My professional career focused on working with troubled children. In 2003 I retired
as a Behavior Specialist Sr. with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice after
34 years. I love to travel in third world and developing countries and I have been
able to do that over the last ten years. My greatest love is my two children and
five grandchildren. I am blessed with time for them AND my art.