Creativity, Art, Poetry and Butterflies "Life is not about the breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away."
I am an artist and poet residing in the northwestern mountains of North Carolina.
With newspaper ads as my subject matter I began drawing at the age of eleven. I explore color, shape, and light on a variety of surfaces resulting in distinctive patterns, textures and compositions. I work primarily in oils and acrylics but sketch regularly and sporadically use pastels or colored pencils.
My technique varies from strong impasto to sleek finishes and styles that span from figurative to impressionist and expressionist works. This varied approach carries over into my portfolio subjects as well including still life, landscape, floral and animal artwork. Except for my abstract and expressionist work I paint entirely from life or my own photographs. My work, both artwork and photography, is exhibited in regional galleries, shops and businesses.
I often create series of paintings which I work on periodically. The first, titled “Growing Girls”, are expressionist paintings depicting views of inner feminine identities and struggles. Another is the ‘Steeples’ series which explores composition, color and varied church architecture primarily through steeples. For these paintings, composites from my photographs, Another series explores silhouettes through modeled yoga positions with color applied based on the mood and type of pose. I have completed two life-size silhouettes and have two more planned. The newest series is “Caprine Colors” which are paintings and pastels based on photographs taken over the course of eight years as a part-time goat breeder.
After over 20 years in the financial industry, I am a full-time artists and my creative energy has resulted in an outpouring of work. This is due in no small part to the constant encouragement of my husband and muse, novelist and professor, Jim Booth.
I hope you’ll return regularly for the artwork, poetry, and musings posted here.
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ~Vincent van Gogh