|I began drawing as a teenager when I was in pageants. It has been a lifelong passion of mine since then to draw as
relaxation. When I began to reach a “ripe-old” age I started to wonder what mark I had made on the world. Besides my
children, I could think of nothing that could be my “legacy”. In 2004, I took oil lessons from Michael Paige Glover. I felt he
was moving too slow for my pace and I pushed him to speed me along. On my own, at home, I began painting a portrait
that was a copy of a Schiele. When I had finished, I took it for him to critique. After a few minor corrections, I moved on
Brother where art thou?” which seemed to help me move quickly with my strokes. Sadly, Paige moved back to New York
City and I happily joined Scott Willis' acrylic classes. It took a struggling one year to adjust from oils to acrylics. I knew I
could draw, I just needed to learn the techniques. Five years with Scott taught me a lot. He allowed me to play with a lot of
texture and grow as an artist.
I have taken workshops from Jackie Goode Briscoe, Robin Roberts, Carole Foret and Rickie Higgins in this area. I have
also taken from Kent Walsh in Pt. Clear, Al and Bill Harrison in Fairhope, Al. I feel like a sponge and cannot learn enough
fast enough. I can do abstracts at the same time I am doing tiny detail work. So, needless to say, my work is all over the
map and is always what I feel like painting at the moment. I am a member of the Decatur Art Guild.
I currently show at Kathleen's Fine Arts(formally Willis-Gray Gallery)in Decatur and annually at the Carnegie Arts in
Decatur. For several years my work was also shown at Abet Studio in Pensacola, Fl. In a 2009 juried show at the
Carnegie, my piece titled “Rainy Day” placed second out of 95 artists. In 2012 I won best in show for “Girl with Crow”.
Some of my work is on a commission basis. Occasionally, I do not like the commission, but by the time I am finished I love
it! I also donate 8-10 pieces annually to local fundraisers and charity organizations. Each October I have a show at
Kathleen's with the group I paint with regularly. The show is called “Legends in Their Own Minds”.
I love what I do, and feel I am leaving my mark on the world finally! That is a relaxing, peaceful and satisfying feeling.