Artist, Teacher and Portrait Painter in Cookeville Tennessee View More
Pieces of Color has become my personal statement because I feel that’s what my paintings are about.
I believe color is actually individual light and I also feel that we express a lot about ourselves through the use of color.
I consider myself as an impressionist whose paintings are meant to celebrate life and known most for my still lifes and portraits which are vibrant and bursting with color and self-expression.
I started painting at twenty-one years old as a young mother and wife. Living in Southern California, and while raising a family, I attended many Universities and college night classes, and soon began taking workshops with professional artists in the area. After moving to Northern California, I began teaching children’s classes in Los Gatos where I met Michael Linstrom, a well known Artist and teacher in the Bay area. I then began private classes with Mr. Linstrom at my home. Soon after that, I was invited to help open an Art School, in Paradise, located in the High Sierras of California. At that time I worked as an apprentice for Mr. Linstrom for four years. It was during that time that I feel like I turned the corner with Art and began a professional career in Fine Art.
My husband and I moved to Cookeville, Tennessee in 1997 and, along with fellow artist Adrienne Stone opened the “Afternoon Gallery/ Studio on the Square. In 2004 the International Artist chose me for publication in their book, titled 100 Ways to Paint People. Also, during this time I was fortunate to be juried into the Hunter Museum and was published in “The Tennessee Home and Gardens” Chattanooga Tn. My work can also be seen in California, on line with Paragon Fine Art, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. and at Local Color, in Nashville, Tennessee.
I am a member of OPA (Oil Painters of America), AVA (Association for Visual Artists, Chattanooga), In-Town Gallery (Chattanooga), and CAS (Cookeville Art Society). My can also be seen at Alice’s Treasures in Byrdstown, Tennessee and Collaborations Gallery in Seagrove Beach, FL.