I live in a coastal paradise that provides unending inspiration for my work.
My studio is near my home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Besides creating art, I teach, juror and judge shows,
and act as an advocate for the arts in the community.
I’m a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a
graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. I enjoyed twenty years of frequent moves and exotic travels as an Air Force wife,
then lived for a decade in the Southern Appalachian mountains. I’ve studied art at Virginia Intermont College, East Tennessee State, and
from numerous inspiring individuals. I continue to study at master classes at the Springmaid Watermedia Workshops.
Enriched by decades of different landscapes, inspirations, teachers, and cultures, I returned home to the beach in
Locally, my work can be seen at Gordie Hinds Contemporary Art in Seaside, Tracery in Rosemary Beach, or by appointment at my studio/gallery.
Recent recognition includes:
- Included in the keynote lecture at the Third Biennial of International Watermedia Master's Exhibit in Nanking, China.
- Best in Show, Jewels of 30A juried exhibit at the Hidden Lantern Gallery, Rosemary Beach.
- Selected in a national competition by Watercolor Artist magazine as one of ten “Ones to Watch”, and featured in the
- The Beaches of South Walton “Artist of the Year” .
- As a “significant regional artist”, commissioned to create a large painting for the conference center at Sandestin’s Village
of Baytowne Wharf.
- Has exhibited and won awards in numerous regional and national shows, including
Watercolor USA and the Rocky Mountain National.
- Four solo shows since 2002.
- Work has been published in Watercolor Magazine, Palette Magazine, and in the books Best Acrylic Paintings,
Landscape Inspirations, and Creative Inspirations by Rockport Publishers.
- Feature stories
published in the thirty-a Review, Wiregrass Living, South Walton Life, and the Walton Sun.
- Paintings are in corporate, university, and private collections throughout the US, Europe, and the Middle East.
- Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast
- Northwest Florida State College
- Former State Rep. Charlie Clary
- ResortQuest Realty
- Walton County Chamber of Commerce
- Baytowne Wharf Conference Center
- Drs. Frank and Joyce Goldstein
- Carriage Hills Realty
- Bristol Herald Courier
- Virginia Intermont College
- King College
- Harrogate University
- private collections worldwide
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