About me

 I create pastel paintings with the goal of bring the openness and peace of being outdoors in the beauty of God’s creation. I feel the medium of pastel is ideal for depicting wonderfully strong sunlight and shadow which I love to paint. The immediacy and feel of drawing combined with the beautiful colors of pastels make this my medium of choice.

Animals and landscapes are what I am most passionate about painting, but I also enjoy a variety of other subjects. My landscapes are from the areas of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and my native California. I enjoy telling the visual story of old and abandoned structures from my surrounding area, as well.

Because I love working in pastels, I also teach introductory pastel classes that are designed for people who have little or no experience with them. The relaxed classes are focused on experimentation with pastels, surfaces, and basic techniques, as well as encouraging artists to venture into a new medium in a very positive way.

After raising my daughter, and working for a number of years in a "regular job", I am privileged to have been able to return to art full time. I live with my very supportive husband Ray, in Locust, North Carolina.

Awards

Stanly Arts Guild, Summer Art Explosion 2014: First Place 2-D Art 

The Mooresville Arts 32nd Annual Artoberfest 2014: Third Place and Honorable Mention 2-D Art

Cabarrus Art Guild Fall Judged Show 2014: First Place

Stanly Arts Guild, Member Show 2014: First Place 2-D Art

Mooresville Spring Artfest 2015: First Place 2-D Art

North Carolina Statewide Pastel Exhibition 2015: Blick Art Award

Matthews Artists Guild Judged Member Show 2015: First Place

Nature at its Best 2015: First Place 2-D Art

Stanly Arts Guild, Summer Art Explosion 2015: First Place 2-D Art

Matthews Alive 2015: Honorable Mention

Mooresville Fall Artfest 2015: Best in Show

Cabarrus Art Guild Fall Judged Show 2015: Third Place

Piedmont Pastel Society accepted in Member Calendar Show 2016

Nature at Its Best 2016: Third Place

Matthews 2016 Judged show: Honorable Mention

North Carolina 2016 Statewide Pastel Exhibition: Two paintings selected, one received the Strathmore Award.

Mint Hill Arts Summer Judged Show 2016 – First Place

Piedmont Pastel Society – Cover of the Member Show 2017 Calendar

Cabarrus Art Guild Fall Judged Show 2016: First Place

Ciel Gallery – Charlotte, NC – Painting juried into the National Winter Exhibition “Gimme Shelter”

Pastel Society of North Carolina-Painting juried into the 2017 Member Show

  at Ambleside Gallery, Greensboro, NC
Pastel Journal Magazine’s 2020 Pastel 100 Contest - First Place in Animal Category

 

Affiliations

  • Pastel Society of America – juried in as an Associate Member

  • Pastel Society of North Carolina member

  • Piedmont Pastel Society member

  • Cabarrus Art Guild member

  • Matthews Art Guild member

  • Southeast Pastel Society member 

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