Growing up in the South, I was surrounded by the intoxicating beauty of summertime…..sun…..sand…..picnics…..beautiful flowers…..colors that washed out with time & tide.
Life felt timeless.
My days were spent on the beach looking for that perfect seashell lost from a mermaid’s purse, family picnics under big shade trees, reading a book while laying in the cool green grass on hot lazy afternoons, digging for clams, riding bicycles to nowhere, chasing lightning bugs that magically lit up the indigo night sky. The heavy sweet fragrance of honeysuckle on a warm summer evening is still heavenly to me. Growing up summertime seemed to last forever. Time stood still.
As the years passed I ended up falling in love with Spring & Autumn just as much as Summertime. Nature became my Muse. Daffodils dancing in the sparkling sunlight and the blaze orange of falling sugar maple leaves on a crisp October day captured my heart and opened the doorway to my Soul.
In those moments of sparkling light & crisp air, again time stood still.
I loved drawing as a child but dreamed of
one day being a mermaid. g
My imagination married my growing passion for seeking those timeless moments in life and creating beautiful things. Picking up my first paintbrush in my early 20s, I fell in love with spreading colorful watercolors on velvety paper and my soul felt like it had come home, again time stood still for me. I knew the purpose of my life was to be an artist.
Once out of high school I had planned to attend Fashion Design school but at the last minute felt I had to follow a more “practical” path. Before I even realized it, I was enrolled in nursing school. I spent a long career as an Oncology/Hospice RN – holding the hearts & hands of many souls and learning how precious and short life is along the way. Despite the importance of this work, I constantly heard whispers to my heart that there was something else I was meant to do with this one precious life. Fast forward many years later — I now surround myself every day with tubes of paint in the most beautiful colors, luscious thick paintbrushes and a lifetime of inspiration to create painted stories, placing a lifetime of inspiration on paper & canvas.
Along the way…..
I’ve become passionate about…flowers & gardens…embroidery & sewing… quilts & weaving cloth…sheep & creating my own yarn. I even raised a flock of ducks (don’t ask, just smile and nod your head.)
I once owned a charming floral design business using dried flowers and herbs I grew myself. Creating everlasting wreaths and arrangements, creating timeless moments for myself and others. Beautiful summer flowers & fragrant herbs hanging on my wall while the cold winter winds blows always makes me smile.
Despite all of my other creative adventures I continued to paint.
In September 2004 I ventured to Nantucket, a place I had longed to visit for many years and a place where time stands still. I honestly found myself there among the beach paths & sweet rose covered cottages. Walking the cobblestone streets, sitting on the quiet beaches & watching periwinkle sunsets every night I could clearly hear those whispers to my heart it was time to begin thinking of myself as an artist. I can still remember seeing Jan Pawlowski painting on the sidewalk in town and thinking….”I want to be him, I want to share what I see with others.”
Life itself is my biggest inspiration and Nature is my Muse. Joyful memories I hold deep in my heart, traveling to delightful places, life stories of all those wonderful Souls I have met along the journey, the simplicity of nature, a moment in time. Capturing the color of light, shape & joy with my painted brushstrokes captures my imagination on canvas. I love the thick, buttery impression of oil paints but I also love the watery ebb & flow of watercolors and inks or the fine line of a drawing pen.
I live in Virginia on the coast & in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley, with Bryan, the love of my life hand our new aussie pup Rebel (who believes all rules were made to be broken). Every day is a gift & full of blessings.
I love to create paintings that give others a feeling reminiscent of that precious timeless moment….. when time really did stand still. My hope is that I am able to inspire joy-filled moments that bring happiness to their heart. Breathing joy in to our hearts every day is an important part of living. Through my artwork, I hope others find joy, light & inspiration to bring in to their own world.
…..so I welcome you to my timeless corner of the world.