Born in Orlando, Florida, as a child I was always drawing. I won first and second place prizes when I was six for a Christmas contest to design the cover of a booklet for Mutual Benefit Life in Newark, New Jersey. At 12, I began taking oil painting lessons from Lydia Quick of the Windermere Art Gallery in Florida. At 16, I was the youngest artist hired to paint portraits at Walt Disney World for Rubio Artist Co and then Walt Disney World Corporation. Later, I painted portraits in pastel at Sea World.
I received Bachelor and Master degrees in Geology from University of South Florida and Utah State, respectively, continuing to take art classes while in college. Following a career in geology, I began painting again ernestly.
I have studied under many world-renowned artists, including: Joseph Zbukvic, Frederick Graff, Frank Francese, Robert Burridge, Mark Mehaffey, Ratindra Das, Tom Lynch and Alvaro Castagnet. An award-winning artist, I have been accepted into many juried shows in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina; the National Watercolor Society Member Show in San Pedro, California and Southern Watercolor Society shows, to name a few. I am a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society. My work is marketed at galleries and festivals in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. My husband and I divide our time between homes in Ozona, Florida and Hayesville, North Carolina.
Florida Watercolor Society Golden Anniversary Traveling Show, Ridge Art Center, Winter Haven, November 17, 2021-January 3, 2022
Florida Watercolor Society Golden Anniversary Traveling Show, Art Ovation Hotel, Sarasota, Late January 2022-Late April 2022
20th Annual Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art and Music Festival, Sebastian, FL January 15-16, 2022
34th Annual Englewood Invitational Winter Art Festival, 401 N. Indiana Ave (SR 776), Englewood, FL, January 29-30, 2022
52nd Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of Arts, Tampa, FL, March 5-6 2022
Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival on the Bayou, Tarpon Springs, FL, March 12-13, 2022
Mainsail Art Festival, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL April 16-17, 2022.
Florida Watercolor Society, 51st Annual Exhibition, Convention Demonstrating Artist September 23, 2022
Dunedin Art Festival, Main St, Dunedin, FL , January 7-8, 2023
Martini's and Matisse, Frank Crum Center, Clearwater, FL January 21, 2023
Art Fest Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers, FL, February 3-5, 2023
Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival on the Bayou, Tarpon Springs, FL March 11-12, 2023
Mainsail Art Festival, Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL April 22-23, 2023
Englewood Invitational Winter Art Festival Englewood, FL January 27-28, 2024
Brenda McMahon Gallery, 2901 Beach Blvd., Gulfport, FL- Ongoing
Highlander Gallery, 10079 Old Hwy 64, Brasstown, NC - Ongoing
Cable's Fine Art Gallery, 1055 Main St., Young Harris, GA - Ongoing
Monalisa Gallery & Custom Framing, 4526 Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL- ongoing