I feel a connection to my Southern surroundings. Born and raised in the South, it is still inspiring to be among the moss-covered live oaks and antebellum homes or feel the sugar white sands between my toes or hear the blues and jazz wafting through the thick Southern air. Where ever I am in my beloved South it fuels me. Inspiration is all around and is the creative drive that influences my work.
LIVING ALONG THE GULF COAST all my life, especially from our beach cottage to Mobile to New Orleans ... plus all the wonderful travels in between ... has given me a distinctly Southern perspective in my art. Pieces are inspired by the traditions, grace and beauty of these Southern places and the people as well as the architecture, music, flora & fauna, and folklore of the region.
SINCE MY FIRST PENCILS AND PAINT BRUSHES as a young child and piano lessons with a strict, Julliard-trained teacher who I adored, I enjoyed the freedom and beauty of the arts. As a young girl photographing with my father then later receiving my first Nikon camera as a gift from him, my love affair with photography and all its possibilities was complete. This became my focus. I was determined to always incorporate the creative process throughout my life and career. My friends and family have always urged me on and been so supportive. I am constantly photographing and sketching or writing in my journals using the South as my muse.
IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL journey. My undergraduate and graduate degrees honed my talents. I worked commercially in photojournalism, an ad agency and even taught my creative passions. One day my husband, who is my biggest fan and supporter, suggested I take the work I did in a completely personal, creative direction with my own business. It is the perfect fit for me!
OVER THE YEARS, my photography has been published and placed in galleries, public spaces and private collections; my writing has been printed in journals, magazines and newspapers; even my art and design work in stationery, home and lifestyle which is heavily drawn from my photography has been sold wholesale for several years. Now some of these artistic works are offered online. I continue to delight in this creative adventure.