I love the outdoors. I love light. I love color. When all of the elements come together I can’t do anything but paint! As an artist, I am fascinated by the relationship between light and color and how one affects the other. Yes, you will see reoccurring elements in my work like horses, family and mostly my Mississippi landscape, but it all comes down to the light.
After receiving my BFA from Mississippi State in 1992, I studied extensively under Sammy Britt and focused on the techniques of Henry Hensche and the colorist movement. Sammy sees light and color unlike anyone I know. I have taken these techniques and incorporated them into my own style.
I love painting outdoors “en plein air” and living on our horse farm at the edge of the Mississippi delta I have an unlimited supply of subject matter. I am passionate about the vast alluvial plain that is the Mississippi Delta. I feel it is a magical landscape overlooked by most. From the dusty dirt turn rows of the vast farmlands, to the age old cypress trees found in the many sloughs and swamps scattered throughout the lowlands, I want to show the world what beauty is so unique to the rural south.
When someone views my work, I want them to FEEL it. Whether it is a crisp autumn day or a the late day sun reflecting off of a horse’s back, I want to transport the viewer to a time and place that I deemed magical.
When not at my easel, I spend time in the class room teaching and sharing my love for landscape painting.
EXHIBITIONS and HONORS 2021
Mississippi Plein Air Painters Exhibit -Roger Malkin Gallery, Greenville, MS
Memphis Germantown Art League Star Artist Juried Exhibition
National Oil and Acrylic Painters National Small Works Exhibit - Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC
American Impressionist Society Associate Member Juried Exhibit - ONLINE
Plein Air Roanoke - The Little Gallery, Roanoke, VA
Faculty, Plein Air South Conference - Forgotten Coast, FL
EXHIBITIONS AND HONORS 2020
Oil Painters of America 2020 Online Salon Show
American Impressionist Society 2020 Juried Online Exhibit
"Together", A Virtual Show with the Memphis Germantown Art League and Artists' Link
"The Great Paint In" National Virtual Show
"Southern Impressions", Solo Show at City Grocery, Oxford, Mississippi
Instructor for the 2020 Art of the Carolinas Virtual Art Conference
Featured Guest on Mississippi Minute With Steve Azar and The Mississippi Artist Hour with Melody Thortis
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS 2019
2019 Cotton District Juried Art Show - "Chillin On A Dirt Road" , First Place in the 2D Division
Solo Show - "Southern Serenity", The Frame-Up/Basement Gallery, Oxford, Mississippi
Present Mississippi Touring Art Show
The 2019 Cedars Juried Art Show
Rhythm and Flow Art Exhibit - Northwest Mississippi Community College
Spotlight on Mississippi Art Exhibit , Starkville, Mississippi
Memphis/ Germantown Art League Artist Showcase
Mississippi Oil Painters Association Annual Exhibit
EXHIBITIONS AND HONORS 2018
"Statements" - Mississippi State University Art Department 50th Anniversary Show
Art of the Hunt - Charleston, Mississippi
!st Place Painting
Biggest Baddest Art Show - Best In Show
The Cedars Art Show - Jackson, MS
Feature Story -"Moved To Beauty"
Delta Magazine - March 2018
CSA Award Winner - Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
Mississippi Oil Painters Association
Mississippi Plein Air Painters
Vice President of the Memphis/Germantown Arts League