When I first used pastels, I knew I had found the
medium that worked “with” me. It was an immediate
meld of drawing, painting, and pure color.
I believe there is beauty in the most ordinary of landscapes so
I strive to capture the light and mood invoking a sense of peace in
the viewer. This is why I work “en plein air” whenever
possible. Working outdoors develops my appreciation for the fine
nuances of color in light and shade. But the most rewarding experience
is the element of surprise that's always waiting...a foraging “critter”,
a hidden wildflower or a fleeting ray of sunlight spotlighting
something that was previously overlooked.
I was born and grew up in Pensacola, a small but sprawling
town near the gulf shores of northwest Florida. My fondest
memories as a child are of running and playing on the white
beaches and in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The
warm sun, cool breezes, and sound of the surf have always
been particularly soothing to me.
After I married a Coast Guard pilot,
I continued to live near the coastline wherever our travels
took us. We went from the far western Gulf of Mexico’s
Corpus Christi, Texas to the northeast Atlantic Ocean’s
shore of Rockaway Beach, New York. The beaches and waters
were completely different in texture, color and temperature.
Yet another change was in store for us when we went to Kodiak
Island, Alaska. The streams, lakes, mountains and surrounding
waters were an extravaganza of beauty. We ventured south
again, all the way down to the eastern Gulf of Mexico’s
St. Petersburg, Florida. After four years of exploring South
Florida, we made our way to New Orleans, Louisiana, where
we decided to stay.
I always had a love of art but didn’t have the opportunity
to actively pursue it until my youngest of three children
was in school full time. I enrolled in Delgado Community
College where I received an Associate Degree of Fine Arts.
After graduation, I continued studying with selected teachers
in workshops and at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.
A love of water has always been a major source of inspiration
and a recurring theme in my artwork. With its swamps, marshes,
bayous, lakes, and coastlines, my adopted home of Louisiana
has a wealth of watery settings to explore. The marshes have
a particular fascination for me with their murky waters,
variety of birds, beautiful grasses and vegetation. I feel
there is a peacefulness and harmony with nature in the marshes
unlike any other. I prefer working “en plein air” whenever
possible, primarily with pastels. The realistic renderings
are painted on a variety of surfaces, including sanded papers,
pumice board, and pastel canvas.
I regularly exhibit in juried and non-juried local and
national exhibitions. I am
a charter member and board member of the Degas Pastel Society,
an Associate Juried Member of the Pastel
Society of America. I’m also an active member of the New Orleans Art Association, West Bank Art
Guild and the Performing Arts Association of Foley, AL.. My paintings
are in private and corporate collections across the United
States, Great Britain, South America and Europe.