Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Open Studios Botetourt 2015 and New Works

Technology, it wows me. 
It is amazing what folks can do! I thank Leslie Woodie for putting this video together. Take a peek here and hope you' llcome out this weekend. It's going to be worth the drive....

Open Studios Video

In the mean time, here are a few new works. Hopefully, I will have better images soon!

 The End of the Heart (C)

The Day Before (C)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Botetourt Open Studio Tour-Come Say Hello!

Botetourt Open Studio Tour! 

I am delighted beyond words to be showing with mentor and fellow artist Bill White! We will be located at his studio at 5457 Mountain Pass Rd, Troutville, VA. 

I lived in Botetourt as a child (in the 60's) and have many memorable farm-life experiences which relate (mostly)to my landscapes. Also, three of the artists showing were my mentors, Vera Dickerson, Nancy Dahlstrom, and Bill White. Over the years we have kept touch and become friends and now hang works together at The Market Gallery. Over the years I have cultivated friendships with many of the other artists on the tour. For this I am blessed and fortunate! I hope you will come out and enjoy the art, artists, and the countryside. 

Here's a ink:

Saturday, October 25- 10am-5pm

Sunday, October 26- 11am-5pm

Many of the Roanoke Valley area’s leading artists live and create in scenic Botetourt County. This fall, 10 Botetourt artists have joined with the Botetourt County Office of Tourism for the fourth annual self-guided driving tour of artists’ working studios. Enjoy this free event and rare opportunity to visit the artists in their studios and homes, viewing rich and varied works both completed and in progress. Have a chance to purchase original artwork and learn about the tools and materials used to create it.
Whether you are a collector, or simply curious about art, this is an opportunity to converse one-on-one with artists while enjoying the added pleasure of the beautiful fall foliage and landscape of Botetourt County. The artist’s studios are located throughout the county so look for the Open Studios logo on signs along your way.
Be sure to pick up your “passport card” at your first stop and have your card stamped at each studio you visit. Then leave the card at the last studio visited and be entered to win a $150 gift certificate towards an art purchase of your own. Visit one studio or all of them. Just enjoy the weekend, your scenic drive, and the artistic culture you’re sure to experience along the way.

Emerging High School Artists of Botetourt County

This year, 20 Art students from Lord Botetourt and James River High Schools were selected and made work on canvases provided by OSB, themed: “My Favorite Food.” Their works are displayed in each of the studios and are for sale. The Botetourt Food Pantry will receive 50 to 100% from student sales.
Four guest artists will be joining us for the 2015 tour.
The complete list of this year’s artists:Lois BiseseEd BordettNancy DahlstromVera Dickerson,David EakinDreama KattenbreakerBrett LaGueSharon MirtaheriWillie Simmons, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Bill White & Mark Woodie.
Artwork for the 2015 tour will include printmaking, oils, acrylics, mixed media, encaustic, cold wax, jewelry and sculpture.
2015 tour dates: October 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & 25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Water Grasses-Cold Wax and Oil

All the rain lately has made everything gray. 
Yet, if you really look, there are
more shades of gray than you can imagine. 
Water grasses, muted on a rainy day were my muse today. 

 Water Grasses 1 (C) cold wax and oil
                                                 Water Grasses 2 (C) cold wax and oil