After completing an art teaching certificate at ODU in 1974 I moved to South Carolina and taught several years for the Arts Commission in a program which introduced me to many inventive and skilled artists. I returned and taught art Norfolk in both private and public school programs; learning much from students that ranging from grades k-12. In 2015 I began a Botanical Illustration Certificate program I would eventually complete. Lewis Ginter in Richmond offers the closest program of this kind to my home in Chesapeake. Working in this tradition I draw directly from specimens lit from the side and often preserve a white background enhancing the subject's singular appearance. This is a great joy to do. Observing and copying botanical subjects through art offers benefits for both novice and experienced artist. I encourage others to enjoy this form of art, which is similar to nature journaling. Norfolk Botanical Gardens has a growing art program which seems like the perfect place to develop a Tidewater based program in Botanical Illustration and I have encouraged this development.
My other interests in watercolor are plein air and portraiture.
Magnolia Grandiflora Summer
Spring Mixed Specimen 2021