God gave me a gift I didn’t know I had until I was 58 years old. My Mother was an artist and my sister is an art teacher. I was always artistic but I never believed I had the patience to paint. Now I don’t have the patience for anything else. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and couldn’t teach me anything before I realized that I was interested in learning to paint. For two years, l found myself studying paintings, both my mother’s and others’, and recognizing that I understood HOW they achieved those shadows, the light, the movement, the folds in the clothes. I was still thinking that I should take lessons when an eight year old artist in England came across the Internet. He was being called the new Monet and taking the art world by storm.  I immediately picked up the phone and called Brush and Palette in Tallahassee and signed up for classes.  I had to wait a month for classes to start and I thought it would kill me!  That was in September 2010 and I have been painting constantly ever since. I’ve learned there are two meanings to the term “starving artist”; one, you don’t get rich selling art and two, if my husband didn’t cook, I wouldn’t stop to eat!

Juried Art Exhibits:

COCA Creative Tallahassee: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Gadsden Arts Center: Art in Gadsden Regional Exhibition of Fine Art 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Lemoyne Center for Visual Arts: Big Cat Exhibition   2011

Tallahassee Senior Center: Senior Artist Showcase 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

2nd Annual Art of the Heartland National Juried Competition, Mena Art Gallery, Mena, AK 2016

25th Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL 2017

Non-Juried Exhibits:

Gadsden Arts Center Artists Guild at Tallahassee Community College 2015

Bainbridge Firehouse Arts Center and Gallery 2015

Tallahassee Nurseries Artisans in the Garden 2015

LeMoyne Chain of Parks 2016

LeMoyne Holiday Show 2016