Welcome to my web site! Although I come from a family of artists, I didn't include myself in that category until recently. I started taking art classes at Cedarville University in Ohio in 2008. A whole new world opened up for me. Now, I have to paint! It tickles me (and comes as a great and wonderful surprise) that I am able to express my heart through paintings in my "senior" years. My hubby, Dan, is my biggest fan and I love him for it. I have traveled around the world, experiencing wonderful and diverse cultures and have been especially impacted by what women have in common. This gave birth to my colorful series “Global Women Connected.” I love painting faces that tell a story. The "Old Man" was from a photo I took when in Baku, Azerbaijan. This man appeared to be a street cleaner and was taking a rest by the side of a boulevard near Maiden's Tower. He was watching a bride get out of limo down the street. I painted him twice. First one was without his bags and cigarette. I sometimes wonder what he is doing today. Is he well? Painting is a very personal thing for me. Our move back to Florida brought me up close and personal to the wild life and that's the way I like to paint them! I first look for expressions or an attitude in the face that speaks to me. There needs to be that element that creates a story - even in a fish's face! While living in Miami in 2016, I had several paintings in Key Largo Art Gallery in Key Largo, FL. Carmen Kelly, the owner, as well as her daughter, Tere, were very encouraging to me. Just walking through the gallery inspired me to keep painting and trying new techniques. It was also wonderful that I sold quite a few paintings from this location. Now I am back in the Tampa Bay Area and love being closer to my family!
Recognitions: Honorable Mention, August, 2017 "Coral" at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, Dunedin, FL Honorable Mention, April, 2018 "The Beatles" at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, Dunedin, FL Honorable Mention, May, 2018 "Mr. Newton" at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, Dunedin, FL 3rd Place in Show, May 19, 2018 People's Choice, Indoor Art Walk, Clearwater Main Library