About

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I grew up drawing and painting. At the University of Texas in Austin, I pursued dual degrees in English and Advertising that led her to a career in marketing communications. But I recognized the need for creative expression and, while still working full time, I took up my pencil and paints and began a disciplined practice of life drawing sessions and a daily visual journal of everyday life: stores, concerts, cafes and street scenes as well as scenes from her travels in the United States and Europe. To further my art studies, I’ve worked with several outstanding and inspirational teachers including Carla O’Connor, Elizabeth Locke, Judy Taylor, Eve Larson, and Marc Chatov.

Using lively brushwork and bold color, I paint in oil and watermedia, creating expressive figurative scenes, which are often narrative. Now living in Decatur, Georgia, both the people and the nature surrounding the city are an inspiration.