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Fine Art - Oils and Acrylic Painting
Whether it be from life, photographs or my mind’s eye, I paint what I see to convey a sense of literal realism.
I paint on canvas and linen in both oils and acrylics and offer private lessons, lessons through Michael’s stores and paintings on commission.
I've wanted to be an artist my whole life.
Well, actually, I was in the fourth grade when I weighed my options of "what do I want to be when I grow up." My possible careers as a ten year old included becoming an artist, an archeologist, an architect, a ballerina, or a high school teacher. After careful consideration, I chose the path of becoming a high school teacher and stayed on that path through college and the following year.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and taught history, psychology and humanities at Mercy High School there.
Born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1953, I have lived and traveled extensively throughout the United States - residing in Alabama, California, Maine, Colorado, Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Washington. I moved to Northern Virginia in 1977 and currently reside in Manassas, Virginia.
The move to Virginia led to a 31- year career as a Department of Defense contractor and Aerospace Systems Engineer. My artistic goals were put on hold for more than three decades while I supported our nation's decision makers.
In 2014, at age 61, I began painting and working as a full- time artist - a long-held dream at last realized. With no small amount of trepidation - but a great deal of joy - I exhibited my work in public for the first time in 2016. I became a member of the Art a la Carte cooperative gallery in historic Occoquan, Virginia in January 2019.
"Art elicits a strong reaction any time I am exposed to it. I am happiest, and simultaneously at peace but with a heightened level of awareness, when surrounded by art. It touches my soul and is part of the essence of who I am.
My goal as an artist is to create works which exhibit a level of technical competence while evoking a visceral response in the viewer.
Each painting is taken on as a personal challenge to myself. I enjoy the creation process of art, the challenge to control the paint and brush and the surprises that appear on the canvas. While I may one day settle on a particular style or subject matter, it is just too exciting for me to limit myself to either at this time; however, I tend to paint in a realistic manner with elements from the natural world as my subject matter.
It is my hope that in sharing my work I will leave a lasting impression and that it will bring the same level of excitement toward art that I have to others."
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