I was raised in Southern Maryland not far from the Potomac River. As a child, drawing and painting were my favorite activities. In 1965, I began my college-level study of art at St. Mary's College of Maryland under the tutelage of Peter Egeli, the distinguished portrait and marine artist. Peter taught me drawing and painting in the strict academic style, emphasizing the importance of good drawing skills, design, color, and value. To this day, Peter remains a valuable mentor and friend.
In 1967, I married, worked as a library assistant, and continued painting classes at night at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Our two daughters were born in 1968 and 1970. I stayed home to raise our young daughters, and continued my studies at the University of Maryland;
in 1979, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing. In 1980, I began to show my work at the Torpedo Factory, a burgeoning art center in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. During this period, I also studied lithography at The George Washington University.
1982, I embarked on a lengthy career at the Smithsonian Institution. I began as a volunteer doing scientific illustration in the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. My foray into scientific illustration was a valuable experience because it reinforced the importance of good drawing skills. All of my scientific illustrations were reproduced in Smithsonian publications.
My career as a fine artist took a long detour from 1984 until 1998 during which time I worked in the Department of Public Programs at the National Museum of Natural History. I began as an Exhibits Specialist and in 1994 was promoted to the position of Supervisor of the Office of Exhibit Graphics. During those years working at the Smithsonian Institution, I also continued painting in my studio at home.
In 1998, I resigned my Smithsonian position and began a Master of Painting graduate school program at The George Washington University. I completed my painting thesis in May 2001 and earned my Master of Painting Degree. One of my thesis paintings was selected for the Permanent Collection of The George Washington University.
After finishing Graduate School, I became an art instructor at the College of Southern Maryland. While I enjoyed working with the students, I resigned this teaching position so that I could spend more time painting.
Nature's variety and beauty provide me with an infinite supply of subject matter. I paint regularly en plein air with a group of intrepid painters. I am active in two art leagues, and show my work regularly. I have found a knowledgeable and supportive network of artists, friends, and patrons in locations both near and far.
As I work, I often reflect on the human artistic urge to paint, to draw, and to create. It is wonderful that a mark made by an artist can stir human emotions. It continues to be a joy for me to be painting and striving to learn more about this relationship of art to the human condition.