"I was born and raised in the upstate of South Carolina. From my earliest memories, all I ever wanted to do was make things. Lucky for me my parents encouraged me and let me fill my room with works of "art" I studied at Winthrop University and received a BA in 1971.
I became an art educator and taught in schools in South Carolina until the late 1970's. At that time I moved to Atlanta, Ga. In Atlanta I used my art educator experience in designing computer based manuals and training programs. In 1983, I married and moved back to Spartanburg. Since that time, I have pursued a career as a professional artist."
about the work
"As I view the world around me, I see everything as moving lines. The crossing, intersecting, and lyrical flow of the lines form the basis of my work. I rarely draw from real life. I use my impressions of life as the basis of my work. I constantly make pencil sketches that are inspired by nature, world events, life and death. As I sit with a pencil and paper, I interpret life as it occurs to me in line drawings. These are more mind drawings than life drawings. Quick line sketches are the beginning of each piece. How the work evolves from these sketches is determined by the materials used. I use wood, paper, fabric, string, clay and paint as I turn the pencil sketches into the work that I produce. In most cases, realistic images can be determined in the work but the recognition of what the viewer is seeing or not seeing is secondary to the overall image.”
1999 - Pickens County Juried Exhibit Purchase Award
1997 - Anderson Art Association, Purchase Award
1996 - Artists' Guild of Spartanburg Juried Exhibit,
1995 - Western North Carolina Juried Art Exhibit,
1995 - Anderson Art Assoc. Juried Exhibit,
1993 - Artists' Guild of Spartanburg Juried Exhibit,
1992 - Artists' Guild of Spartanburg Juried Exhibit,
1989 - South Carolina Artist Guild Juried Show,
1988 - Riverplace Festival, Greenville, S.C.
1987 - Artists' Guild of Spartanburg Juried Exhibit,
1984 - Artists' Guild of Spartanburg Juried Exhibit,