enjoyed art class in elementary school, especially teaching
the younger kids how to finger-paint. But I stopped painting
when I left elementary school, and didn’t start again
until my early forties. I took some drawing classes at Miami
Dade Community College and earned an AA degree in Landscape
Architecture before changing my major to Botany.
After receiving a degree in Botany, I made
another change and opened an antique shop. I had a blast setting
up my shop into small well-designed rooms. Lifting furniture
is probably what set me up for the back injury that introduced
me to massage, and prompted my long career (28 years) as a
In 1983, I received Shaktipat Diksha (a
type of spiritual awakening), which has been the single most
important event in my life. From that initiation, I continue
to do meditation, yoga, and other forms of spiritual practices
and scriptural study. It is this spiritual work that rekindled
the creative spark and brought me back to painting again.
In 1998 I began studying watercolor with
Linda Pence; her knowledge, skill, and generous spirit nurtured
my interest into a modicum of talent. I have also studied
through workshops with watercolor notables Don Andrews, Tony
Couch, Diane Maxey, Ron Ranson, Susan Abbott, Skip Lawence,
and John Salminen. Authors Edgar Whitney and Alex Powers,
with their emphasis on design principles, have also contributed
to my development as a painter.
From 2005 through 2007, I served as President
of the Gainesville
Fine Arts Association and on the Education Advisory Council
for the Harn Museum at the University Of Florida.
I entered my first competition in 2003, and have received
the following awards and recognition:
Award of Merit; 2003 Gainesville Fine Arts Association (GFAA)
Winter Members Show.
Award of Excellence; 2004 GFAA Winter Members Show.
Edith Moore Portrait Award; 2004 GFAA Winter Members Show.
Judges Award; 2004 Live Oak Artists’ Guild Autumn Artfest.
2006 Colson Calendar; my painting, “Net Repairs”,
was selected at the 2005 Southern Artist’s League Regional
Juried Exhibition and printed in this calendar.
2nd Place; 2005 Live Oak Artists’ Guild Autumn Artfest
Award Of Excellence; 2006 GFAA Winter Members Show.
3rd Place; 2006 Art League of North Florida Juried Members'
Award of Merit; 2006 GFAA Summer Members Show.
Award of Merit; 2006 Art At The Oaks
Award of Merit; 2006 International Online Exhibit
Third Place (Watercolor and Pastel category) 2009 Open Air
Arts in Melrose, Florida.
First Place (Graphics/Drawing category), 2010 Open Air Arts.