How did I get into this? Well, here's my story (short version)!
Growing up in Virginia Beach, VA, I always had a strong interest in art. I loved to draw and create, and took fine art courses in high school and college. Unfortunately, school was not as interesting to me as my social life was, so I never finished. After moving to Raleigh, NC in 1992, I had a very successful Real Estate career in the Homebuilding Industry in sales and management.
Due to a collapsing economy that hit my industry exceptionally hard, I was laid off in 2008. While unemployed I started to crave a creative outlet. I took some painting classes and rediscovered my passion for creating art. After lots of prayer and tremendous support from my family and friends, I decided to change my career path and focus on my painting.
I paint because I love to create. God gave me a precious gift, and I'm thankful every day for it. My style is impressionist with an emphasis on vibrant colors. I enjoy creating art that captures the spirit of the moment and inspires others. My inspiration comes from simple, everyday things. I may see a home with beautiful dappled sunlight, or children playing on the beach; something clicks and I’m off to paint. I strive to capture and recreate the true character and spirit of the moment, and I want the viewer to feel like they’re experiencing the moment, too. I want you to “want to be there”. If my art enriches someone else’s life, or my own, then it’s worthwhile.