The things that you are passionate about, are not random, they are your calling. –Fabienne Fredrickson
MY ART IS INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL WORLD and I am hopelessly in love with watercolors. I enjoy the challenge of creating botanical paintings that are faithful to nature but also evoke my own personal sense of style with watercolor.
As a counterpoint to the exacting nature of botanical painting, I enjoy plein air painting in watercolors. The experience of painting on site is a memorable way for me to capture a sense of place. I periodically teach plein painting workshop at a working organic farm called Spannocchia in Tuscany during the summers. I have special fondness for the art, food and countryside of Italy.
I have a BA in Art History and an MA and MFA in Illustration and have been teaching in the Illustration Department at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia for the past 15 years. I teach Watercolor for the Illustrator and Botanical Watercolor for the Illustrator, Illustrating the Edible as well as Photoshop and Type and Image for the Illustrator.
I recently earned my certification in botanical painting from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, England. I have studied botanical painting with Elaine Searle and Annie Hughes.
I was first inspired by the watercolors of Charles Reid and have taken some of his workshops. I have also studied watercolor landscape painting with Robert Wade and Joseph Zbukvic .
I have always worked in the visual arts, from painting a large mural of Yupik Eskimo life in Bethel, Alaska to working as a feature illustrator for a newspaper. I create botanical and plein air paintings for sale. I also illustrate for free-lance and art licensing clients, mostly focusing mostly on botanical and food-related imagery.
I love being outdoors or in the garden and find that painting watercolors is my way of expressing my reverence for the natural world.