I worked full-time most of my adult life and considered art my hobby. I moved to coastal South Carolina in the late 1990’s and being a self-taught artist, immersed myself in the local art community. I took an oil and cold wax painting workshop taught by award-winning artist Rebecca Crowell and discovered a joy and appreciation for abstract expressionist painting. A workshop with award-winning artist Grace Carol Bomer was also very influential in my growth as an expressionist painter.
In 2017 my husband and I felt life ‘shifting.’ I don’t know how else to describe it. We’d both recently left jobs and were seeking the “next thing.” That’s when we took a risk and sold the beautiful home we’d lived in for twenty years to live aboard and travel on a 40’ Trawler we aptly named “Watershed.” We returned to Beaufort a year later and I began my career as a full-time artist.
In the fall 2020 I completed my “An Unexpected Path Series.” It was a body of work created in response to a new season in life that was happening simultaneously with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the political and cultural climate of the day.
My most recent body of work, “Painting the Desert,” is my response to a post-pandemic season of seeking new direction, and was inspired by the writings of the Desert Fathers and Scripture. The series was the featured exhibit at the Beaufort Art Association downtown gallery in September and October, 2022.
Though my work flows from my personal journey and response to external events, I share it confidently knowing that my thoughts, struggles, ideas, and/or questions are universal. We’re all searching for belonging, to be known, to be heard, to fulfill a purpose. For me, redemption through Jesus Christ and His death on the cross answered the longing of my soul, the cry of my heart. I create paintings that I hope will encourage viewers to look beyond what is happening all around, and to find hope or renewal, restoration or redemption; the answer to the cry of their heart that is found in knowing and being known by God.
I recently served on the Executive Board of the Beaufort Art Association. I have been a member of CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) for several years and last year attended their annual conference held in Austin, Tx.
I have participated in several annual exhibitions at the University of South Carolina - Beaufort, and was awarded the Gay Torrey Memorial Mixed Media Award at the Beaufort Art Association Spring Show. My art graces the walls of collectors in the South East, and from California to New York.
“I prayerfully and skillfully create abstract paintings that inspire reflection in those who hunger, knowingly or unknowingly, for connection with God."