I’ve had a pencil in my hand as far back as I can remember, and a drawing of a horse was usually the outcome.  Growing up, I read every horse book I could get my hands on and was inspired by the beautiful illustrations, especially ones like Walter Farley’s “Black Stallion” series.  I have dabbled in many mediums over the years--oil, acrylic, watercolor, airbrush, etc.  However, after studying pastels with Lesley Harrison, an internationally-known pastelist whose work I have admired for years, pastel is my medium of choice.  Lesley has my eternal gratitude for introducing me to this exciting medium that thrills me like no other.  I still enjoy working with graphite pencil, too, because I “cut my artistic teeth” in this medium.  It, like pastel, enables me to achieve all the subtleties needed for a portrait that comes alive! In order to take my own reference photos for portraits, I studied photography at the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta.  That began a detour for several years into photography, and those skills help me to recognize photos that will make great portraits and capture the personality of the horse.  If time and distance allow, I like shooting my own reference photos because this helps me get a sense of the horse’s unique qualities. Horses are still my favorite subject.  I have a fondness for the feathered horse breeds (I get blissfully lost in all that hair!), but I welcome the opportunity to draw any breed.  They’re all beautiful to me. In pastel, I paint with Rembrandt soft pastels, NuPastel hard pastels and Conte pastel pencils.   I paint on velour paper mounted on archival foam core board.    My husband, Ken, and I live in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.  We’re active in our local church and sing on the vocal team.  We also enjoy traveling and flower gardening. If you’ve ever known the love of an animal, you know how special they are and how much they enrich our lives.  My artistic goal is to showcase the characteristics that make them special and preserve them in a portrait to be enjoyed for years.  I also hope to help advance recognition of new breeds, like Gypsy Vanner horses, and to encourage people to bring these wonderful creatures into their lives. I hope that owning a piece of my artwork gives you as much joy as it gives to me in bringing it to life!
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Pastel Society of America, Associate Member Society of Animal Artists, Associate Member Southeastern Pastel Society - Member of Excellence International Association of Pastel Societies - Member Booth Artist Guild - Member Exhbitions/Awards: 2022 Southeastern Pastel Society “Make Your Mark” International Exhibition 2021 Southeastern Pastel  Society National Juried Exhibition - Merit Award for “A Dream at Dusk” 2020 Booth Artists Guild Exhibition 2020 Southeastern Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition 2019 Southeastern Pastel Society Member Online Exhibition 2019 Southeastern Pastel Scoiety National Juried Exhibition 2019 Pastel Journal’s  Pastel 100 Compeititon - Honorable Mention Richeson 2018 Animal and Wildlife Exhibition Southeastern Pastel Society 2018 International Exhibition Southeastern Pastel Society 2018 Online Exhibition Booth Artists Guild 2017 Fall Exhibition Southern Appalachian Artists Guild - 2017 National Exhibition Booth Museum 2017 Artists Guild Exhibition Southeastern Pastel Society 2017 Member Exhibition - Merit Award for “Embracing Liberty” Cumming First United Method Church 2017 Festival of Art - Honorable Mention for “Caress from the Wind” Booth Art Guild Winter 2017 Exhibition Southern Appalachian Artists Guild - 2016 National Exhibition Booth Art Guild 2016 Fall Exhibition - Third Place and People’s Choice Award for “My Heart Will Go On” Southeastern Pastel Society 2016 Summer Exhibition Southeastern Pastel Society 17th International Exhibition (2016) Southeastern Pastel Society 2015 Spring Exhibition Southeastern Pastel Society 16th International Exhibition (2014)
Me with D’Jango Jazz from Mokete’s Village He’s the handsome stallion in my painting “Gypsy Jazz.”
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” - Henry Ward Beecher
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