Photo by Robert Dumon

Photo by Robert Dumon


Like many others in the arts, I have a rich and varied background, which includes three academic degrees – a BFA in Theatrical Design, MA in Deafness Rehabilitation and MFA in Drawing and Painting. I have been employed as a scene painter, architectural draftsman, prop builder, sign language interpreter, counselor, illustrator, sailmaker, and for over a dozen years as an adjunct professor teaching drawing, painting, illustration and anatomy at East Carolina University.  My teaching includes a couple semesters in Italy and workshops at Penland School of Crafts. Prior to coming to North Carolina, I lived in New York City, and then on a sailboat in the Caribbean. Using traditional materials like oil paint and charcoal, I create realistic works that explore personal narratives and human interactions.

Solo Exhibitions

2017     Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC, Nothing's Black or White 

2014     The Arts Center, Kinston, NC, Multiplicity

2013     New Bern Artworks, New Bern, NC, Imaginings

2012     New Bern Artworks, New Bern, NC, Threads: Connections & Conversations

2009     Imperial Centre, Rocky Mount, NC, Real People, Still Lifes

2007     Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC, Recent Work

2004     The Arts Center, Kinston, NC, Recent Works

2003     The Arts Center, Kinston, NC, Bound and Unbound (Graduate Thesis Show)


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO, Looking West, An Exhibition Highlighting Works by American Women Artists

2019 Imperial Center, Rocky Mount, NC, Annual Juried Show (upcoming)

2018     Mims Gallery, Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC, Contemplate, Concentrate

2018     Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Made in Italy

2018 Hillsborough Gallery of Art, Hillsborough, NC, Resolutions

2017     Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC, Winter Show

2017     Bank of the Arts, New Bern, NC, Through the Portal

2017    Tar River Arts Council, Spruce Pine, NC, Inheritance 

2015 Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Carolina’s Got Art!

2014     Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, Concertina Interpreted

2014     Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC Women Artists of North Carolina

2013     Greenhill Center for the Arts, Greenhill, NC, Animated!

2013 Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, Carolina’s Got Art!

2013     Theater Art Galleries, High Point, NC, Surfacing Connections

2013     Wilson Arts Council, Wilson, NC, Uncommon Ground

2012     Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, Friends

2012     Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, A Woman’s Place

2011     Wilson Arts Council, Wilson, NC, Invitational Show

2010     Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC, & Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, Paul Hartley Legacy

2009     Bank of the Arts, New Bern, NC, Three Women

2008     Wilkes Art Gallery, North Wilkesboro, NC Eye Candy

2007     Imperial Center, Rocky Mount, NC, First Fifty

2005     Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC, Beneath the Surface

2002     University of Nebraska Art Museum, Lincoln, NE, The Liquid Language of Book Arts

2000     Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC, Women Only


Residencies, Grants & Honors

2019 Resident Artist, Jentel Arts, Banner, WY (upcoming)

Multiple Resident Artist, Winter Residency, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2016, 2017, 2019

Multiple Grant recipient, North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant, 2009, 2012, 2018

2017 Curator, "Refresh: New Artists, New Views", Fine Art at Baxter's, New Bern, NC

2017 Panelist, Art Biz Breakthrough (Alyson Stanfield), Golden, CO

Multiple Studio Assistant for Steve Early Figure Painting Workshop, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, 2012, 2013

2012 Studio Assistant for Beverly McIver & Michael Dixon, Portrait Painting, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 2010 Cecilia Beaux Forum sponsored mentorship with Linda Tracy Brandon


Multiple Bank of the Arts, New Bern, NC, Annual Juried Show, First Place 2012, Merit Award 2018

2016 Portrait Society of Atlanta, Gallery Hall, Sandy Springs. GA, Portraits for a Small Wall, Third Place

Multiple Imperial Center, Rocky Mount, NC, Annual Juried Art Show, Merit Award 2011, First Place 2016

2004 Raleigh Fine Arts Society Artist Exhibition, Raleigh, NC, Best of Show

Corporate & Public Collections

Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC

City of Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount, NC

Hatteras Yachts, New Bern, NC

First South Bank, Washington, NC


2003-15, 2018         East Carolina University School of Art & Design, Greenville, NC, Adjunct Professor

                                Taught Freshmen through Graduate Students. Courses:

Artistic Anatomy, Figure Drawing (All Levels), Drawing (Beginner & Intermediate),

Illustration, Painting (Beginner & Intermediate), 2D Design, 3D Design, Color & Design, Independent Studies

Fall 2014, 2015        Italy Intensives, ECU’s semester abroad program in Certaldo Italy, Instructor, Courses:

                                 Drawing (Beginner & Intermediate), Painting (Beginner & Intermediate), Illustration

Workshops & Short Courses

2018 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2.5 week workshop: Anatomy & Écorché

2017 Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, Guest Artist, Mixed Media Drawing

2016-2017 Craven Community College, New Bern, NC, 18-hour Adult Enrichment Courses:

Figure Drawing, Portrait Drawing, Content & Composition

2013 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2-week workshop: Drawing Bodies, Figuring It Out

2012, 2011 Bank of the Arts, ArtFest, New Bern, NC, 1-day workshops: Painting Composition, Figure & Portrait Drawing


 Community Involvement

2018     Juror, Johnston County Arts Council, Annual Juried Show, Smithfield, NC

2018 Steering Committee Member, St. John’s Lodge Renovation

2016     Juror, Carolina Artists Gallery, Plein Aire Show, Morehead City, NC

2015     Juror, Scholastic International Regional Awards, Barton College, Wilson, NC

2012, 2013 Juror & public critique, Art from the Heart, Morehead City, NC

2010, 2011, 2012 Guest critique, Twin Rivers Artist Association, New Bern, NC

2011     Juror, Coastal Carolina Pastel Society, New Bern, NC

2009     Juror, Onslow Art Society 48th Annual Show, Jacksonville, NC

2008     Juror, Chowan University, Visual Art Department, Student Show, Murfreesboro, NC

2008     Juror, NC Arts Council, Regional Artists Project Grants

2004     Juror, Lenoir County Art League Annual Show, Kinston, NC

2003, 2004     Guest Critique, Lenoir County Art League

2004     Juror, Circle 10 Art Gallery Miniatures Exhibition, Oriental, NC

2003     Juror, Twin Rivers Art Association Annual Members Exhibition, New Bern, NC



2003     MFA, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.   Claire E. Armstrong Merit Scholarship

1981     MA, New York University, New York, NY.   Full Fellowship and stipend

1977     BFA, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY.   Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors