Showing dogs for 20+ years led me into painting pet portraits, first in oils, then in acrylics. At that time I was completely self-taught. It wasn’t until almost 15 years later that I met an artist who became my mentor. Jeanne Safar suggested I try watercolor, and in my ignorance, I thought it would be easy! A gardening nut, flowers became my main subject. It was several more years before I felt competent to do commissioned portraits in watercolor.
Exhibiting in juried shows and art festivals along the East Coast allowed me to become part of the arts community. I served on the boards of several arts organizations in DE and PA before moving to Winston Salem. Here I’ve served on the boards of Associated Artists of Winston Salem, Foothills Arts Council in Elkin and currently serve on the board of the Watercolor Society of NC.
I started teaching watercolor at Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts, then at Forsyth Tech Community College where I’ve taught watercolor, acrylic and mixed media for the past eight years. I conduct workshops and offer private lessons in painting and drawing. Between painting for competition and commissioned portraits, both people and pets, working in Red Dog Gallery in WS, and teaching several days a week, I’m totally immersed in the arts and loving it.