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 13 years, adjunct professor teaching drawing, painting, illustration and anatomy. I lived for a dozen years in New York City, and then on a sailboat in the Caribbean for six, before coming to North Carolina. I’ve raised a daughter and taught in Italy for two semesters. Since the late-1980’s, producing art has been my central focus. 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 Invitational Exhibitions

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

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

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

   with Michael Dorsey, Tom Grubb and Elizabeth Darrow

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

   with Kiki Farish, Jane Wells Harrison & Jerry Jackson 

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     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 Women’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


Selected Competitive Exhibitions

Resolutions 2018, Hillsborough Gallery of Art, Hillsborough, NC, 2018

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

Carolina’s Got Art, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 2013, 2015

Annual Juried Show, Craven Arts Council Bank of the Arts, 2012, First Place 2012

Annual National Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount, NC, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, Merit Award 2011, First Place 2016

Raleigh Fine Arts Society Artist Exhibition, Raleigh, NC, 2002, 2004, Best of Show 2004


Selected Honors

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

Grant recipient, North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant, 2009, 2012, 2017

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

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

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

 Cecilia Beaux Forum sponsored mentorship with Linda Tracy Brandon, 2010



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

                                 Drawing, Figure Drawing, Artistic Anatomy, Painting, Illustration, Design, Independent Studies

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

                                 Drawing, Painting, Illustration


Selected Workshops Presented

Anatomy & Écorché, 2.5 week workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2018 (upcoming)

Portrait Drawing, 5-day workshop, Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC 2018 (upcoming)

Painting Content & Composition, Figure Drawing, Portrait Drawing, 18-hour courses, Adult Enrichment, Craven Community College, New Bern, NC, 2016-2017

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

Painting Composition, 1-day workshop, Bank of the Arts, ArtFest, New Bern, NC, 2012


Corporate Collections

Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC

City of Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount, NC

Hatteras Yachts, New Bern, NC

First South Bank, Washington, NC


Juror & Critiques

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

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

2010, 2011, 2012 Guest critique, Twin Rivers Artist Association, 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