Art has always been a passion and hobby for me. I am an artist, nature and animal lover, and I love that I can combine these passions into art.
I did not have a lot of formal schooling in art, most of my early drawings were of animal portraits and landscapes in pen and ink or pencil, as gifts for family and friends. Several years ago I began taking lessons, starting with classes in drawing and painting in acrylics, and joined a local art club. After taking several years of acrylic classes, I began taking lessons to learn to paint with pastels with an pastel artist from the club who has been working with pastels for over 40 years. I did many still lifes and landscapes , and some portrait work. I next began taking lessons with another local pastel artist, Christine DiMauro, a member of the PSA, who has won several awards for her pastel work. These classes have influenced much of my recent works, especially those of animals.
I paint commissioned pet portraits. “I love painting animal portraits and capturing their spirit and colors that nature gave them that we don’t always see.” I am a member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina, Art League of Leland, and the Art in the Forest club, and reside in Leland, North Carolina, near Wilmington, North Carolina.