Career and Bio
I have been creating art for most of my life, but I was inspired to begin painting seriously after taking a week-long plein air pastel workshop with Bob Rohm at Willow Wisp Farm Studios in Asheville, NC in the Spring of 2000.
People often ask whether I went to art school, and yes, I did. In fact, a lot of what I learned when studying design and illustration can be directly applied to painting. But I attribute much of what I know about painting to the many wonderful artists who share their expertise through workshops. I owe a lot to these teachers who have shown me how to see. Once you learn how to see, everything is a visual treat.
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a child, drawing and making things was a big part of my life. Our family was a creative lot, making and building things out of whatever we had. I learned to sew and I made lots of my own clothes starting around age 12. I spent hours drawing at home, and art class was my favorite part of school. The art room was where I hid during the dreaded pep rallies! What a great day it was when I went to college to be with like-minded folks!
- Pratt Institute, 1967-68 Fashion Design
- Carnegie-Mellon University, 1972, BFA Graphic Design
- Syracuse University, 1998, Master of Arts in Illustration
Workshops and private study with:
Member, Pastel Society of America
Member, Oil Painters of America
Member of Excellence, Southeastern Pastel Society
Exhibiting member of Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC