I'm a simple nature girl at heart, preferring to be in the woods and amongst the birdsong rather than in city traffic or large crowds. I am fortunate to live in a rural area surrounded by mountains and woods and sky, and my work is inspired by the life I see around me. I aim to express that beauty and share it with others. When someone purchases my art, it's an uplifting moment for me because it means that I am sharing a bit of my soul and a piece of my world with someone else. It means that my art will travel across the continent or fly across the globe to be a part of someone else's life and home. I believe each piece of art expresses its own spirit and soul ... and somehow it will find its way to the person for whom it calls, speaks, or whispers.
I work out of a small, single-person studio located on our property in North Carolina. It is smoke-free, but definitely not pet-free as my dogs often drop by for a visit while I am working. Outside my studio, I can hear my hens clucking and see the lush growth in my garden during the summer. In winter, when the trees are bare, I can see the beautiful Sauratown Mountains from my windows. It is a heavenly place, and I can easily lose track of time in my studio with a paintbrush in my hand. Given my awareness of and concern for the environment, I try to live as simply as possible, and I can go for many days without getting in my car, though I often hike in the woods around my home or in Hanging Rock State Park which is just down the road from my house.
I have a deep love for the birds and the animals who live among humans, and as a visual artist, I donate a percentage of my sales to a variety of wildlife and animal charities as often as I can. It is my hope that my art will allow viewers to hear the call of the wild, feel the rhythms of the universe, and see the beauty in the world. I want to share love and light and joy because sometimes we are overwhelmed with sorrow and hardships. If my art gives people a moment of beauty, a chance to smile, a time to reflect, then I feel that I have accomplished something mighty.