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Artistic work

I will always be an Artist.

Throughout my art career, I have studied a variety of subjects and media, and have enjoyed working both on location and in the studio.

Working seated out in nature led me to a deeper appreciation of plants and trees.

It was inspired to take classes at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, in Richmond Virginia. There I began the formal study of botanical illustration, working in various media including graphite, watercolor, and metal point.

I have an extensive resume of local and national exhibitions, and my work is included in private collections in the United States and in Europe.

I continue to work in the tradition of botanical illustration, studying the science (botany) and drawing and painting the natural world.

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Garden of Inspiration

I’ve always had a garden where I grew herbs, vegetables, and flowers as well as perennials such as azaleas, camellias, roses, and other trees and shrubs. A Harry Lauder Walking Stick tree (Corylus avellana, ‘Contorta,’) is a favorite.

Nature is my source for inspiration. It continues to change and grow throughout the year offering continual interest and an abundance of opportunities to observe something new.


Sharing my creative knowledge

I have been an instructor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden since 2011 and coordinator of the planning committee for the program since 2013.

I was offered the opportunity to teach in the Botanical Illustration Certificate program after completing my Certificate in Botanical Illustration in May 2010.

I studied Botanical Illustration with Juliet Kirby, Cynthia Kollman, Margaret Saul, Anne Marie Evans, and Karen Coleman among others.

I’m delighted to share my knowledge with students, acknowledging them and cheering them on to achieve creative success.

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Oil Painting

Landscape Painting

I studied landscape painting and color theory over several summers with Bill White at his Mt. Pass studio in the Roanoke Valley near Hollins University. The beauty of the countryside was a constant inspiration, as are the beautiful scenes nearer home along the James River, on the campus of the University of Richmond, at the Roslyn Center, and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

I’m an opportunist, seizing every chance to be a student of art, to learn all I can about making drawings and paintings.

One summer I even drew cartoon-style portraits at King’s Dominion!

I’ve always enjoyed making representational art.

Fortunately, there were many opportunities to do that. I studied with Richmond artist David Tanner, Roanoke artist Bill White and Academy of Realist Art (Toronto/Boston) instructors Cindy MacMillan and Matthew Mancini.

I developed a body of work in landscape, still-life, and the figure/portrait. Plein-air painting was a particular joy, as is fieldwork in botanical illustration now.