Art has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t drawn to create. My goal as an artist is to share personal observations, so that the viewer might be entertained and uplifted. I believe that visual art, in particular, connects us through the communication of ideas and feelings that often transcend words, written or spoken. Art is a universal language.
In 1986, I graduated from Hendrix College with a B. A. Degree in Humanities with an emphasis in Art and went on to pursue an Associate Degree in Interior Design from the Harrington Institute of Design in Chicago. During my six years in Chicago, I combined my fine arts background with my education in architectural interiors and worked as a designer at the architectural firm, Perkins + Will. Creating architectural renderings for the interiors department was my specialty.
Since returning to Arkansas in 1994, I have primarily focused on my family, and along the way, I have taught preschool, been commissioned to do portraits of children and pets, assisted in various home remodeling projects (ours included), and volunteered many hours at schools and church. In 2007, I decided to dedicate more time for my art and enrolled in a watercolor class at the Arkansas Arts Center. A year later, we added an art studio in our home, which is still cause for celebration every time I walk into the room! In recent years, I have taken numerous classes and workshops in watercolor, pastel, collage, mixed media, and encaustic. I have studied under Arkansas artists, Selma Blackburn, Virmarie DePoyster, and Laura Raborn, as well as nationally acclaimed pastelists, Richard McKinley, Stan Sperlak, and Rita Kirkman.
Art has enriched my life, all my life, and I am grateful for the experience of creating and sharing it with others.