My Lover spoke,
"Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past...flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come."
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
About my painting....
“Art is relational - be it between art and artist, art and viewer, or artist and viewer.
For me, painting celebrates new life, where endings flow into beginnings. I want to create a beautiful space - an intimately personal interpretation alive with sensuous rhythms of intense color, palpable texture, and mixed media. The question, where one ends and the other begins ignites my process.
For you, there is nothing to understand in my paintings, only to see, feel, and experience with the senses.
The painting invites us to just be, one with the other.”
I was born wanting to make beautiful marks.
From scratching into windowsills of my childhood home with a pin, careers in advertising and teaching, to devoting my energies to family as daughter, wife, mother, it has always been about wanting to leave beautiful marks.
I celebrated my fortieth birthday in April of 2001, and in September cried witnessing how instantly our precious life can change. Add the season of caring for aging parents, and both daughters getting ready to fly the nest, my life was transforming; I'd have to explore new mark making.
So I committed. I bought paints and played, joined an art guild and took classes. I learned about the personalities of different pigments and diverse mediums, started selling in gift shops, then galleries. Today I paint out of Studio 207 @ ArtSpace in downtown Raleigh, NC, surrounded by 25 other aspiring and professional artists.
I wear the marks of a Southern woman. I grew up with camellias blooming in winter, cypress balls falling in summer, and making sand cakes on the shores of the Pamlico River in Washington, NC. I followed in family tradition going to Saint Mary's, a women's school in Raleigh, and on to UNC-CH, where I met my husband, Curtis. After marrying we settled in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va. There I received my Masters in Teaching from The Curry School, UVA . After working in media advertising and the classroom, I'm directing my art education and career. I follow the still small voice within, immerse myself in personal experimentation, and seek formal instruction, most recently studying abstract expressionism with Steve Aimone since 2014. Historically, I gain inspiration from American Modernists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell for innovative approaches to composition, paint applications, and interpretation. I am so grateful to be encouraged by family, insightful mentors, galleries representing my work, and especially those who want to live with my paintings in their homes and workplaces.
I know a painting has energy to connect, affirm, and spark joy. Creating my marks makes me feel beautifully alive.