Artful Living - Surround Yourself with the Extraordinary

 

Daughter. Wife. Mother. Artist

Born with a desire to make art.

Why was my mother not as fascinated as I with my scratched patterns on our wood-stained windowsills? I meticulously created those designs with a straight pin. Repeatedly. My beloved imaginary friend Deider, as real as I, appreciated them.  Red, intensified when coupled with yellow electrifies me, as does my groom.  Walls of my home drip in these hues now. And having his two daughters, now having flown from our nest, transformed me. Motherhood: trying to always remember what it felt like at “her age", and feelings of compassion for the unrealized heart of my own mother.

With degrees in media from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Masters in Teaching from The Curry School at UVA, I worked in media sales and the classroom. But it was during the season of homemaking and motherhood that my desire to draw and paint reemerged and clarified. And began my journey into painting and self-discovery. Through much experimentation and study with notable instructors Steven Aimone, and Ron Boehmer, I’ve directed my own art education. My art is represented in galleries from New Hampshire to North Carolina and I paint out of my Raleigh, NC studio.

For me, my paintings are sensuous explorations of the ambiguous edge between word and essence. Taking me to places of inner reflection and outward expression, prayers of aliveness are expressed by the act of making art.

I can create and love because the Divine loved me into being.

Making art makes me feel alive.