Recent Solo Exhibitions

The art process, for me, involves exploration of my personal history and what the future may bring. I like creating art that is unpredictable and inviting—art that allows the viewer to use their imagination. I've always loved to draw, and at 38 years old I took a drawing class prompted by my sister, and it changed my life by transforming the way I see and connect with the world, both physically and spiritually.

My current work is mixed-media using acrylic paint, paper, found objects, textiles and beeswax. I also love challenges, and combining different materials allows for lots of creative problem solving. I am excited every single day I'm in my studio, and more inspired lately than I've been in years. In 2017 I had the opportunity to have 2 solo-exhibitions. Dreams and Wishes, Birds and Fishes was in October at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, Florida. All That Matters Is Everything, was in December at Gallery 14 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Dreams and wishes…
My dad was a dreamer. He forever had plans and projects. He was hard-working from a young age, having grown up in Appalachia during the depression. A man of great fortitude. I loved being a part of his dreams.

He was always a vegetable gardener like his mother before him. If he wasn't planting or harvesting, he was making a list of the seeds he wanted to order for next season. I still remember the last order we made together. When he died at 94 and 3/4 and his home and property were sold, I realized how special those times in the garden together had been. I had an overwhelming desire to find my "garden" in this world. After an extensive search, and numerous circumstances that were blessings in disguise, my husband and I found 3 acres of property and we are going to have a farm of sorts. I'm looking forward to spending time with my dad and grandmother in my garden.

Dreams and Wishes, Birds and Fishes will showcase the artwork that has been inspired by all the blessings in my life and the big dreams that make each day exciting and full of possibilities. I wanted this collection to be dreamy and full of surprises, with love and hope and lots of fun 2D and 3D art that expresses the wonders that I encounter each day.

All That Matters Is Everything
Everything matters. I've discovered that over the years. How we learn to see and perceive the life around us can forever change our focus and outlook. Life is short and I don't want to take it for granted. 
I see little treasures everywhere, every day. My art provides a way for me to explore life and share my vision. I love combining materials and techniques (paper, paint, texture, pattern and found materials) that invite the viewer to look past the subject and find a story ~ and there are lots of stories... sometimes the story is mine and other times not at all.