I am a native West Virginian who graduated from Concord University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, having won several Best of Show awards in various state and regional exhibitions while a student.
After graduation, I served as an artist-in-residence in Harpers Ferry, followed by an artist-in-residency at my alma mater. While there, I carved a nine-ton Bicentennial statue of the first settlers in Mercer County, WV, which now resides on the court house lawn in Princeton, WV. My carved portrait bust of Aristotle in early Greek style is displayed in the Concord University library. I also served as a resource person to students enrolled in art degree programs at Concord.
At the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut, I studied painting and sculpture under Elisabeth Gordon Chandlerand Robert Brackman, both artists of international renown and members of the National Academy of Design.
Since arriving in the Ohio Valley, I have participated each year in the Paint Historic Wheeling Plein Air paint out, and have also contributed in several of the Cross Current Art Shows held each year by the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, WV.
I enjoy the creative process no matter what the medium. So, I work in oils, watercolor, pastels, charcoal, and pencil, and carve in stone, wood, and bone ivory.
Many varied sources of inspiration have influenced my work. John James Audubon’s bird paintings impacted me from an early age. As a teenager, I lived for two years in East Africa, where I was exposed to a vibrant mix of cultures and colors. At the Lyme Academy, I was exposed to the impressionism of Robert Brackman and the sculptural realism of Elizabeth Chandler. As a young adult, I spent years as a chalk art evangelist. I have spent my later years teaching Graphic Design/Print Technology to inmates in a prison. And lastly, I was introduced a few years ago, to the challenges of Plein Air painting. Through it all, my fascination with Greek, Norse, and Native American mythology, as well as imagery of biblical faith, has provided a rich source of inspiration for my art work.
For the last 15 years, I have taught graphic arts through the WV Department of Education, while earning a Master’s degree in Education. I now offer private and group lessons at my home studio in Moundsville, WV.