Artist Biography: Art and teaching have always been a part of my life and was fortunate enough to combine these two loves into a career as an art teacher. Retirement allows time for creation and immersion in the things I love to do.
Artist Statement: I have always worked in watercolor, and recently expanded my skills in pencil and color pencil. Pencil is such a wonderful media and I sometimes find myself with so many ideas that I have several projects going at once.
Affiliations: Live Oak Artists Guild Florida Art Group Colored Pencil Society of America North Florida Art League Gainesville Fine Art Association Pencil Arts Society
Art Instructional Experience: Workshops Santa Fe Community College Art instructor – Osceola Center for the Arts Art Instructor – Orlando Museum of Art Contract Instructor – Community Vision, Osceola County. Certified Art Teacher – School District Osceola County, Florida
Awards and Recognitions: Second Place – National Arts Program , 2004 Second Place – Autumn Artfest, Live Oak Art League, 2006 Honorable Mention – Orlando City Arts Factory / CFWCS 2007 First Place – Columbia County Friends of the Library June 2007 First Place – Osceola Center for the Arts Drawing Exhibition 2007 Best of Show – Osceola Center for the Arts Juried Show 2008 First Place – Osceola Center for the Arts 2009 Work selected for 2006-2007 Osceola Center Event Schedule and publications. Commissioned work for Main Street Kissimmee Development Program. Work purchased for public locations and charitable fund raisers through the Osceola Center for the Arts, Community Redevelopment Association, Osceola County Administration and Kissimmee Main Street. Work accepted for “Take Out” exhibition, Brevard Museum of Art, 2009 Special Recognition – Maria Collins Watercolor Award Autumn Artfest – 2009 Work accepted / Kissimmee Main Street Sculpture Experience First Place, Drawing Osceola Center for the Arts -2010 Second Place – Painting – Autumn Artfest LOAG 2011 First Place – ”Flaunt 25” Thomasville, Ga. Cultural Center First Place -GFAA at Oak Hammock 2011 Work Accepted – Valdosta State National Show 2012 First Place -Osceola Center for the Arts, 2012 Annual Show Merit Award -Annette Turner Gallery, Valdosta, Ga. 2011 Best of Show – Autumn Artfest –2012 First Place – Autumn Artfest—2013 Work Accepted – Colored Pencil Society of America—2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 Award of Recognition – Explore This! CPSA 2013 Spring Fling – Annette Turner Gallery work accepted for Colson Calendar 2013 / 2014 Work Accepted – Explore This! – 2014, 2015, 2016 Third Place – “It’s Colored Pencil! 2015 Second Place – Autumn Artfest – 2015 Best of Show – Gainesville Fine Arts Association – Annual Juried Show – 2015
Related Endeavors: Arts Director – Jazz, Arts and Blues Festival, Live Oak, Florida – 2014, 2015 Kissimmee Main Street Annual Sculpture Walk Show Coordinator 2007, 2008 Coordinator and Curator National Arts Program August 2007 Master Artisans Show, Live Oak, Fl. 2011 Show Manager /Arts Designer for Sojourns, a photographic presentation and catalogue by Photographer Tom Tompkins. http://www.TWorldphotography.com http://www.liveoakartistsguild.org http://www.gandaphotography.com
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