I see creating art as a way to savor the beauty of God’s world. When I sit by a river, gaze at a waterfall, or take in the vastness of the mountains, I become awestruck and deeply moved. For me the world of nature speaks of constancy, order, variety, balance, and vibrancy. It hums a melody of peace and conflict while it calms our hearts. It is full of mystery and delight.
The beauty of the mountains continually nurtures and feeds my artistic soul. You will often find me, camera in hand, hunting for paintable scenes. When I do so, I become intensely aware of the rich colors and textures of God’s creation. Later, when I am in my studio studying my photos, I revisit the scene, and the paintings are birthed in my imagination. Sometimes I use my brushes and other times my palette knives. I love the textures the knives produce. The language of color fascinates me, and I never tire of studying that language. My newest creations are inspirational cards for the healing needs of hurting hearts.
Over the years, I have studied with Albert Handel, Sally Strand, Daniel Keyes, Susan Sarback and Guido Frick. I am a long-time member of Number 7 Arts and am also represented by Twigs and Leaves Gallery in Waynesville, NC. My work has been seen in the Transylvania Times and other local WNC publications.