ABOUT ME

I have had the great fortune of working on some truly inspiring projects around the U.S while networking with many influential and creative individuals along the way.For the last 20 years I have self taught myself all platforms of art and contributed my talents when I can. I believe in the power of working together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts by recognizing there is creativity in everyone.
As resident of Durham NC, I will continue to grow and shift for my family, children and community so that my art stays alive and maintains a level of excellence as our city continues to grow, so must we.

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

ARTIST STATEMENT
I aspire for each work to tell a story as I fill the canvas with fields of color, shapes and texture. I aim to preserve the purity and innocence of life in my work. No matter how simple the components of each piece may seem, they symbolize relationships, community issues, or matters close to the heart. This underlying tale is often alluded to in the title I choose.
My goal is that my art will communicate peace and refreshment. I hope my audience will find echoes of places or relationships they’ve experienced or imagined. For me, creating art is an emotional and intellectual experience, an intense voyage of self-expression welcoming viewers to engage in their own journey.
SOLO EXHIBITS
Lulu’s Day Spa and Gallery, Annapolis, MD (January-March 2006); “…still Life”, Orange County Historical Museum, Hillsborough, NC (February 1-28, 2008); First Friday Gallery Crawl, Flynnes Coffee Bar, Southern Pines, NC (July 1-31, 2007, July 4-31, 2008); City Hall Artists Program, Mayor William Bell’s Office, Durham, NC (February 1-April 30, 2008); “Changes”, UNC Women’s Hospital Resource Center, Chapel Hill, NC (August 1-31, 2008); “Joy Comes in the Morning”, Page Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC (April 26-May 26, 2010); Annual three month exhibit at Saladelia, Durham, NC (January-March 2010-2016); “Winter’s Warmth” Respite Café, Durham NC(November-January 2014) "Parsley,Sage and Time"Cary Senior Community Center(September 2016)
GROUP EXHIBITS
“When Sister’s Collide” Measurement Inc. Durham NC (November-December2014), “We Are Three”, Bull City Art and Frames Gallery, Durham, NC (February-March 2009), “We Are Three”, Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University Bryan Center, NC (December-February 08-09); “Durham Arts Guild Annual Member Show”, CCB Gallery, Durham, NC (August 2008); “Intersections”, Scrap Exchange Gallery (February 2008) with Artist Kimberly Pierce Cartwright; “ADF Modern Scene with Pilobolus”, Peabody Place, Durham, NC (June 2007) with Wendy Kowalski; “Garden Party”, Art and Soul Gallery, Mebane, NC (May 2007) with Jude Lobe, and Miriam Sagasti
GROUP SHOWS
Durham Art Walk, Spring, Durham, NC (April 2006-2015); Durham Art Walk, Fall, Durham, NC (November 2006-2014); Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Art Walk, Durham, NC (November 2006-2013); MOMart, Durham, NC (May 2006-2010); Durham Rising, Durham, NC (June 2007); Designers Showcase Showhouse, Durham, NC (May 2006); Olin T. Binkley Baptist Memorial Church Annual Art Expo, Chapel Hill, NC (February 2005); “Boogalooin”, April and George Gallery and Wine Bar (June 2006) with Wendy Kowalski; “Image Slam”, Raleigh, NC (September 2006); “Red Hat Quarterly Show”, Raleigh, NC (April-May 2004); Amano Paperie and Gallery, Durham, NC (2003); “The Spirit Within”, Woman Made Gallery Chicago, IL (February-March 1996)
JURIED ART FESTIVALS
Arts at the Meadow, Chapel Hill, NC (September 2006-2008); Atlantic Station Artist Market (August 2007, December 2007); Burgaw Blueberry Festival, Burgaw, NC (June 2008); Centerfest, Durham, NC (September 2006-2014); Cool Jazz Festival, Hillsborough, NC (April 2007); Festival for the Eno, Durham, NC (July 2008-2014); Lazy Daze of Cary, Cary, NC (August 2008-2009); Main Street Fair, Durham, NC (July 2004); Norcross Art Festival, Norcross, GA (September 2009); Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival, Newport News, VA (October 2005-2007); Shakori Hills Festival, Chatham County, NC (October 2008-2014); Shakori Hills Festival, Chatham County, NC (April 2008- 15); Stockley Gardens, Norfolk, VA (October 2009-14, May 2010-14); Southport 4th of July Festival, Southport, NC (July 2007); Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (September 2013); Woodcroft Women’s Show, Durham, NC (October 2003); Woodlawn Historic Art Festival, Mebane, NC (July 2009)
AWARDS & PRESS COVERAGE
Centerfest ,”Citizens Choice” Art Award; 1st Annual Threshold Heroes Award (Wall of Hope mural project) (September 2008); Festival for the Eno, “Best in 2D”, Durham, NC (July 2008); Arts at the Meadow, “Best in Fine Arts”, Chapel Hill, NC (September 2006);The Herald Sun (Jan 2013), Capitol Brodcasting (September10.2012) The Durham Flyer (May 2008); The Herald-Sun (Saturday, May 24, 2008); The Woodcroft Gazette, “Coloring Outside the Lines” ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ (March 2007); The News of Orange County, “…still Life”¬ (February 2007)
COMMISSIONS, COLLECTIONS, PUBLIC ART
Hatfield-Berrang Hearing Center, Chapel Hill, NC – Acrylic on Canvas; Premier Baby Magazine, Chapel Hill, NC – Murals; Additional residential commissions: Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; North Hampton, MA; Hampton, VA; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Chapel Hill, NC; Durham, NC; Southern Pines, NC; Residential collections abroad include: New Zealand, China, Japan and France; Design Commissions Include: Greater Granville Days, Oxford, NC; Elite Professional Painting, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC; Flutterbye Cakes, Charlotte, NC; Steiger International: Culture Candy Festival, North Hampton, MA; Shower Bird, Chicago, IL; Taste of the Triangle, Cary, NC;
NC Cow Parade 2012; one of 6 cows out of 150 chosen for the limited edition “minimoo”. These are only distributed by select museums and specialty stores around the world.Courage to reveal, Courage to Heal: Threshold’s Wall of Hope Mural | Main St. Downtown Durham, NC January-May 2008; Club Nova Extreme Makeover Community Project and Mural installation. Carrboro, NC June 11-13,2010
WORK EXPERIENCE
Winter 2016 Resident artist Briar Creek Elementary School
2005-‘15 Full-time artist
2004 Muralist and artist
2001-‘03 University Florist, Chapel Hill, NC
1999-’06 Muralist/faux finisher with Covenant Designs, Hillsborough, NC
2000 Artistic Supervisor and Coordinator of the Culture Candy Festival,
North Hampton, MA for Steiger International
2000 Designed and painted murals in the South Court Buildings for the Indra Group
1998-‘00 Art Teacher and Director for Abundant Life Christian Academy; Hillsborough, NC;
created art curriculum for K-9 and art history for 9-12
1997-‘98 Backdrop muralist for Photo Showcase, Mebane, NC
1995-‘97 Floral Design Apprentice, David Travis Florist, Chicago, IL
1996 Design and Production Painter for The Small Opera Company in Chicago, IL
1994-‘95 Dean’s Assistant, Visual Arts Program, UNC School of the Arts
EDUCATION
2010 The Legacy Center Leadership program, April 2010-July 2010
2000 Alamance Community College, Graham, NC – Photography, Graphic Design, and
Illustration
1997 Columbia College, Chicago, IL – Associates Program –Creative Writing,
Advanced Applications of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
1993-’95 University of North Carolina School of the Arts – Visual Arts Program graduate,
Winston-Salem, NC

 
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