Artist’s Statement 2016


Art transcends.  Like poetry, it provides the voice that we all hear and sense through collective experience deep in our DNA dating back to our ancient ancestors.  Through a memory we can’t recall, our hearts know so much more than we could ever believe.  True art speaks to that part of us, the knowing part, the one that is on a constant journey to our own beginnings –only to see it for the first time.  Images of nature bring us more than just references of beauty; but rather, of true abundance.  It’s not a reminder as a hope and dream, but a deep knowing that surely this is our own true essence.  Abundance of grace, inescapable beauty, natural flow, and the truth of our connection to all that is, is laid out before us just for the claiming.  Abundance that is our essence.  Through this dance with imagery and collective memory, we see and sense our own effortless possibilities.

As a Native American descendant, I have always related strongly to nature and particularly to water.  Both water and ponds have been a subject of focus for many years, but recently landscape has worked its way into my heart. My journey has been from the micro to the macro, and here I am at this transition.  Whereas most of my earlier work was the close-up study, it has now moved to include qualities of atmosphere and the grander view.  It’s a challenge I welcome and embrace like a new love.  One consistency will forever remain though—and is what is most profound in art for me—the deep connection to and sacred space of creation and creativity.  This force and energy is what gives rise to imagination resulting in not only the manifestations our deepest longings, but also the key to our own being.  Every single blade of grass and rocky hill is singing this song.  I just want to hum along.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Phillips University
  • Masters of Education, Phillips University
  • Summer Studies-Art, University of Northern Illinois
  • Private Student, emphasis in color studies, taught by Nancy Honea Bragg in Atlanta, GA

Organizations and Memberships

  • Atlanta Artists Center
  • Oil Painters of America
  • Dayton Visual Arts Center
  • Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors

Personal Shows


  • Featured Artist-Gentle Wind – Columbus, OH
  • “Focus on Perceptions” -The Winds-Yellow Springs, OH
  • “Fluidity—Movement through Light and Water”
  • Individual Show – Rosewood Arts Center
  • Individual Show – Oct.-Feb. 2012-13 Featured Artist-Visceral Gallery
  • “In Awe of Nature” at Vista Gallery, Featured Artist – Atlanta, GA
  • “Awakening” – Solo Exhibit – The Winds  2006, 2007, 2009
  • “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” – One Woman Show – Dayton, OH DVAC – Aug. 2013
  • “Transparency”  – Solo Exhibit – The Meadowlark 2014  March-May 2014
  • “Emotion in Motion” – Solo Exhibit – Glen Helen Atrium – July 2014
  • “EnCompass”- Solo Exhibit – DSPS – November 2014

Juried Shows


  • Skyline Arts Services – Houston, TX
  • Vista Gallery – Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens Art Show
  • Atlanta Artists Center
  • Rosewood Gallery – Dayton, OH
  • Dayton Visual Arts Center – Dayton, OH
  • Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors-Spring 2012 – First Place Award-2012
  • The Cannery Gallery – Dayton, 2010-12
  • Visceral Gallery – Middletown, OH, October 2012
  • Makana O Hawaii at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel – Hawaii, 2012-13
  • Almost Candid-Fine Arts Gallery – Kingston, WA, 2013
  • Elements of Expression – New York, September 5, 2013
  • Lisbon International Contemporary Exhibition, invited guest artist – Lisbon, Portugal, October 2013
  • COCO VIVO Fine Arts Gallery – Charleston, SC 2014
  • COCO VIVO Fine Arts Gallery – Boothbay Harbor, ME 2014
  • Antiques and Garden Show – Nashville, TN, 2015
  • Eastern Regional Exhibition – Oil Painters of America, 2016
  • Eisele Gallery of Fine Art – Cincinnatti, OH, September 2016
  • 1st place Award – Atlanta Artists Center, October 2016
  • Honorable Mention (2) Atlanta Artists Center, September 2016

Galleries and Publications

See the Galleries page.