and sculpture. Not only was Dad a very fine, self-taught artist, but he was extremely prolific. As a child, I was immersed in this world of art and creativity.
for instance, a beautiful sky, and then ask questions to which the other would give detailed verbal descriptions of how they would paint that image. Our questions were "What Medium?" - watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, or pencil; "Which Ground?" - paper or canvas;
how much of each, would be used or blended with other paint colors to produce that specific hue, value, and chroma. This game was completely played in our heads. Subjects pointed out by my Dad as we were driving past them helped me learn to "see" quickly and to better retain
My beautiful Mother, Fran, also had many artistic gifts. Among her many talents, she had a natural eye for com-position, and for seeing what should be added or left out of a painting in order to improve it visually. She didn't
art. Rarely did anything of Dad's need "tweaking", but sometimes Mom would gently offer a suggestion and Dad would be grateful for her help. Through this, I learned to better study my own work and critique art.
In my teens and early twenties, I worked in Dad's gallery.
I learned from my Mother how to display art in a gallery setting, how to work in the shop and to help customers. I spent time working in the family frame shop and learned how to match matting and framing to the art, how to cut mats and glass, and how to build frames. All the while I continued to paint on my own. When I married and started a family, I began to work from home so I could raise my children. I have always had an area in my home that was devoted to producing art, even if at times that "space" was a closet, in a laundry room, or the kitchen table. I now have an entire room in my home that is a full-time working studio.
Over the years, I have sold my art through several galleries (Jim Gray Galleries, TN; Rara Avis Gallery, Key West, FL; Jim Gray Gallery and The Lyon's Share Gallery, Fairhope, AL).
In 2000, I was offered the main gallery at the Eastern Shore Art Center in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama, for a one-woman art exhibit. I worked for over two years to prepare for that show and presented over 75 paintings in all mediums and many subjects. I have participated in many group shows and have been honored to serve as a judge for several shows.
I've lived quite a few places in my life including Mobile,
say is among the happiest blessings of my life.
I paint almost every day, and I hope to never retire! I love it, and can't imagine living my life without being able to express myself through art. I give God my thanks and gratitude for the gift. I hope you have enjoyed viewing some of my work. If you have any questions, or would like to make a purchase, please send me a message and I'll be happy to reply.
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