I am an artist, raised in the South, Alabama and Louisiana, and recently transplanted in the high desert of California. Drawing and nature were my earliest passions. My first art work to receive wide recognition was pencil portraits of my second grade classmates for a school wide exhibition. In college and graduate school I studied biology, languages and then history, later returning to art and eventually concentration on painting.
My art and academic training were at Sophie Newcomb College and Tulane Graduate School in New Orleans (BA zoology, MA history, BFA ceramics); the Goethe Institute in Murnau, Germany (German language); Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (a year of medicine); University of Alabama Graduate School, Tuscaloosa, AL (painting); and Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA (MA painting, 2000).
I work mostly in oils but also watercolor, gouache, pencil, and pen and ink. My subjects are generally landscapes, portraits, flowers and other natural things, although I also enjoy architecture. Some of my work, describing inner visions, is more abstract. I am intrigued, among other things, by water, reflections, and by extreme light and shadow. My work celebrates my experience of the beauty and mystery of life. In recent years I've also done botanical illustrations for scientific journals as well as other nature-related book illustrations.
My paintings and drawings are my 'research'. I translate what I see or experience into a language of line and color. This process expands my awareness, teaches me about what I'm viewing or experiencing, teaches me about myself and about life in general. It enriches my life.
Over the years my work has been in countless group and solo shows in museums, galleries and other venues, mostly in the Southeast and Iowa, but recently also in Italy. My paintings, drawings and ceramics have received many awards and are found in collections throughout the United States and in Germany.