My love of drawing and painting began as a child. I completed a degree in Art Education. Then I enjoyed careers in human services and higher education, and received a Masters in Public Administration using my creative skills in program development, marketing and helping others with career and educational goals. Since 2006 I became a full time artist; painting, teaching, exhibiting and selling my artwork. My goals in creating oil paintings include capturing the feelings, sights and sounds of my subject. I continue to experiment with texture, edges, brushstrokes, and palette knife and the layering of color to create depth, luminosity and beauty. I am on the faculty of The Cameron Art Museum School, Wilmington, NC, and the Leland Cultural Arts Center and conduct workshops for many organizations.