Scaly Mountain, North Carolina
BA, Fine Arts; University of Georgia; major, painting; minor, sculpture
Georgia State University, extended studies: drawing, painting, and printmaking
Quintet Tech, Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture; practiced
residential landscape design
Miscellaneous instruction from
Local: Dolores Kennedy
National: Kevin McPherson, Charles Slovak, Kim English, Ken Backhauls
International: Kevin McPherson in France and Belgium
Atlanta Artist Center
Plein Air Painters of Georgia
Art League of Highlands
Shows & Exhibitions
South Cobb Arts Alliance; Atlanta; awards
Backcomb Louise Gallery; Highlands, NC; award 2003
Best and Brightest, Scottsdale Artist School, AZ
Atlanta Art Center, Atlanta; awards
Quinlan Museum; Gainesville, GA
Swan Coach House Gallery; Atlanta, GA
Rabin Gap/Nacoochee Valley School, Rabin Gap, GA
One-Man Show, Lagerquist Gallery; Atlanta, GA, 2002
Two-Man Show, Wells Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2002
One-Man-Show, Studio; Atlanta, A, 2003
Three-Man Show, Backcomb/Louise Gallery, Highlands, NC
"I paint from life inside and outside the studio. Painting outside, of course, requires immediate decisions and responses because light/shadows/atmosphere change so quickly. Inside, I set up the same conditions by responding to the effect of window light on still life or figure.
Natural light and time can create a compelling, though fleeting, composition and can provide a more stimulating range in values and colors. The urgency in capturing the effect of real time forces priorities and exposes the artist's plan. The immediacy more obviously reflects decisions in the construction of the painting.
The conclusion is spontaneity through panic.
Using plein air paintings as studies with notes and photos from life to construct larger paintings in the studio is an approach less frenzied, and can be challenging and rewarding. Work done directly from life, however, is indispensable to me in my effort to build memory/knowledge of the visually intriguing, helping the results-inside or out, large or small."