I’m a Nashville impressionist artist. A city girl with roots in the country and subjects ranging from land and seascapes to yoga, flora and fauna, and figures in motion. As a student of color theory and painting the ever-changing effects of light, I have a bachelor’s degree in Art History and master’s degree in Art Education. Additional studies in painting with Lee Boynton, Juanita Green Parks and Shelley Snow offered experiences with a variety of media. I’m thankful that faith, family and friends inspire me daily.
Coming home to my Art in 2022
During the chilly gray days of winter, I found it rewarding to look through drawings and paintings created over the last two years. I used them as subjects for notecards with planning for other media in the spring. Perhaps, a sheer chiffon floral scarf or cotton fabric for tablecloths from my painting. The readings of Robert Henri inspired me to look deeper to find the essence and energy of my subjects. The delicate petals of a rose reflecting the gentle sweetness of a shared love. The dancing figure on the beach with an energetic shadow mirroring her spirit. This week I’m moving my studio home since the space is to be redeveloped for offices. It’s Spring in Nashville with lush grass, creeks swollen with constant showers, forming rivulets down the hillside. Wildflowers, azaleas and daffodils are resplendent against blue skies and warm breezes. It’s time to paint in plein aire!
Bringing the Ocean to You in 2021
When we visit the Gulf each year, I take pictures and videos of the glorious blues and greens of the water and sky. I love the antics of the shorebirds amidst the walkers, runners and babies on the beach. This year has been different with the Covid-19 closing up the beaches, so I’ve relied on my photos to remind me of the colors and videos for the sound of the waves and wind. I hope your feel the ocean coming to you with the paintings in Ocean Dreams.
After years of teaching with limited materials and curricula, I enjoy working with new products and processes. I usually work in watercolor, pencil and charcoal for plein air pieces at the beach, lake or pastoral landscape. These are stand alone works or models for larger work in acrylic, oil, oil pastel and mixed media.
We live in changing times with social and news media saturated with turbulent information for each individual to sort through on a personal level. As an artist, I use the turbulence to fuel my passion to create art. I study the teachings and lives of other artists for inspiration and reflection.
Robert Henri (1865-1929) American artist and teacher. “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”