Early Inspirations - Artistic development was nurtured by my parents before 10 years. My first portraits of Beatles (Ringo Star and George Harrison) were created during my early teen years. Soon after, a portrait depicting a Native American Indian was sold to a guest at my parent’s home, one of the Brothers Four musical group. My young mind was wondering why a well-known musician would pay $25 for art painted on the back of a beer poster. My Mom bought me books of vintage art and asked me to replicate some of the paintings during my high school years. My favorite artists were Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh and Frederic Remington. The late 1960’s began my fascination with painting on textured backgrounds. My batik painting depicting a face of a Native American Indian won Best in Show (Juniors) at the Cocoa Beach Art Show in 1969. A contemporary oil painting of a city’s skylights won a 2nd Place award.
My college years produced a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Arts Interior Design from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, in 1976. Though fine art was not the degree pursued, many years were spent creating and exhibiting my passion. Other Impacts Throughout the Years - Interests in horses began about 1960 with visits to my extended family’s ranch in Florida and Cyldesdale horse promotions related to my Dad’s beer business. Paintings of cowboys riding horses began to appear. The late 1970’s began paintings of race horses which were encouraged by my husband, a native of Louisville, Kentucky and annual visitor of the Kentucky Derby. I enjoy capturing the motion of horses galloping off the canvas. Since the late 1980’s, most of my artwork was created with acrylics on multiple textured backgrounds. This technique gave depth and a dimensional look to the canvas.
Representation and Awards - Some art exhibition locations: Brevard Cultural Alliance (Maxwell King Center, Melbourne International Airport, Gray-Robinson, Lexus of Viera, 1st Wave Financial and various Brevard County locations), Allied Artist of America, Associate Member (New York, NY) various annual exhibitions, Indian River Gallery (Cocoa Village, FL), Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (Ocala, FL), Art Gallery of Viera (Viera, FL), Echo Gallery (Naples, FL), Frames n’ Fine Art (Atlanta, GA), Time Warner Cable “Focus” (television interview/exhibition of my art), local private foundations (fund raising functions) and Lakeland Hilton Hotel (Lakeland, FL), Cocoa Beach Sidewalk Art Show (Space Coast Art Festival; 1969 – Best in Show and 2nd Place, Juniors), listed in The Encyclopedia of Living Artists, Fourth Edition, and various charities such as Brevard Hospice.