I received my BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and my MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. After that, I spent 12 years working as an art director and set designer in motion pictures and television on a variety of projects, including The Silence of the Lambs and Innocent Blood. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work with a host of great designers and directors.
I left motion pictures when my children were young, focusing my energy into more studio art work. Drawings in graphite have been the largest part of my work, with a particular emphasis on portraiture. I have also worked extensively in printmaking, experimenting with linoleum and Image-on particularly. In recent years, I have focused on mixed media works that include a variety of techniques and processes, utilizing more discarded and recycled elements. My work has been featured in local, national, and international shows, with numerous awards.
Recently, I did some class work in Ecotherapy, which has influenced my experiments in environmental art, using all natural found items as a medium for creative expression. In this growing body of work, I am more focused on process than results, and with the exploration of texture and form than representation.
Additionally, I have worked as an independent designer for Cafepress since 2007, and for Zazzle since 2008. This work features designs and art from my current and past work as well as designs achieved primarily through the use of Photoshop. More recently, I have added photography to those portfolios, as well as expanding photography portfolios with microstock agencies Shutterstock, Fotolia/Adobe, iStock, Dreamstime, Bigstock, Pond5 and 123RF.
In all my work, I look for the offbeat, unusual, and less obviously beautiful. I am drawn to the imperfect; it is in that realm that I find authenticity and room for grace.
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