I am a painter and photographer, who also does Special Events floral design.
I majored in art studio/history at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (R-MWC). At its program at the University of Reading, England, 1978-79, I read Art History and British Literature. During this time I began an intensive study of the human figure and focused on formal portraiture. When I returned to Virginia, I chose for my senior thesis: "Portraits of Women”. Included in this 1980 exhibition, was my life-drawing of Mississippian and Pulitzer-prize author, Eudora Welty. I also drew my classmates with a passion. This drawing from life has been my foundation for interpreting subject matter, through painting or photography.
While painting and raising a family, I have worked for several museums, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in Museum Education, and in the Floral Studio of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. I have also taught children’s art classes.
Since 1999, I have continued my study of form and color with these artists of the Cape Cod School of Art, founded in Providencetown, MA, by Charles Hawthorne and continued by the late Henri Hensche:
In 2007, I was inspired by the 400th Anniversary of Historic Jamestowne to produce drawings, photographs, and postcards which are sold in its Museum Shop. I now create gift items for other historic sites, including the Colonial Dames of America, Headquarters, NYC.
Today I paint and photograph portraits and images of local historical
sites by commission. My work can be found in private collections and gift
shops from Sante Fe, New Mexico to Concord, Massachusetts; the majority of
my work is located in Virginia.