I was born in San Diego, California to a Navy dad and stay at home mom. I am second in line to an older sister and younger brother. We stayed in San Diego until I was in the second grade. Then my father was transferred to the Navy Annex in Washington DC. We moved to a small town called Severn in Maryland just outside of DC. We lived in a small farmhouse on the corner of Quarterfield and Clark Station road. The house had a red clay driveway that circled the back of it. I remember it distinctly because I lost my silver watch that I had gotten for my first holy communion for days in it! I still have that watch!
We only lived in Maryland for a short while because my dad’s whole division got transferred to Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida. We moved there when I was in the third grade. My parents bought a home on Holgate Road. This is where I call home. This is where I remember growing up. We stayed here until I was finished with eleventh grade. I made some really good friends here; only a few remain, friends, today. Lyn and Dawn have remained close over the last 40 or so years. This is the town where I developed my love for drawing, painting, and photography. This is where I first became an artist. As far back as I can remember, I have been creating art. If I wasn’t in the gym (I was also a gymnast) or hanging with my friends, I was creating some form of art. I wasn’t nearly as prolific as I am today, but I was always “making” something. My mother can attest to that!
The summer before my senior year of high school we moved to Goose Creek, South Carolina. There, I registered for school and discovered I only needed one and a half credits to graduate plus senior English and American Government but had to stay at school till at least 11:00 a.m. I took the two required classes and two art classes to fulfill my obligation! I became president of the Art Club. We painted murals all over the high school. We made floats for the Homecoming parade. We certainly left our mark that year!
After high school, I moved back to Pensacola to attend cosmetology school. That was short-lived as I didn’t have transportation or a job and it proved difficult to sustain a comfortable existence. I tucked tail and headed back to Goose Creek where I finished cosmetology school.
I moved back to Pensacola and decided to go back to school. I enrolled at the University of West Florida where I got my bachelor’s degree in art. My concentration was in drawing and photography. These two areas have helped me build the foundation on which everything I create is based. The skills I gained from my undergrad education have led to better design concepts and layouts in my paintings.
I currently live in Columbus, GA, about an hour and a half Southwest of Atlanta.
My artistic inspiration has been in the scenery on my many traveling adventures. I have tried to mimic others’ styles but revert to “my’ style every time. We all have our unique way of holding our brushes/palette knives, etc., our way of seeing color, our way of translating what we see, and our way of identifying what it is we find we want to share with the world. I do like the French Impressionistic period. My favorite artists include Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, and Lautrec.
I like the way they use light and color to catch the idea of their images and not be as realistic but still not be abstract. I especially like Monet’s brushwork.
I concentrate in oil, acrylic, and watercolor but mainly focus on watercolor and watercolor pencil.
I don’t use any “special” techniques. I just “let it flow” onto the canvas. At times, when I am using my markers, I can get detailed and a bit anal about what I am doing. More often though, I go with where the paint wants to go.
I have a bachelor’s degree in studio art from The University of West Florida.