Living in the Raleigh area since 1991, I call myself a North Carolinian. Though I have lived in California, Arkansas, New Jersey, and Italy during my father's military career, North Carolina has captured my heart! I met my husband in high school , and now we are married and own a picture framing business, The Apex Gallery and Custom Framing.
My love of art led me to study Art at UNC Asheville from 1996-2000. My concentration was pastels and figure drawing. Since 2000 I have been working in pastels, oil pastels and acrylics; experimenting and incorporating them with other media and on different supports. I use underpainting in watercolor or pastels underneath the buttery, rich texture of oil pastel. I show my work at several galleries area and online.
Whether I paint a landscape, still life, or figurative work, I strive to demonstrate the beauty in everyday moments. A dilapidated barn on a country road, my children playing in the sand with her buckets, the farm you pass every day on your way to work. I love to incorporate texture and marks into my colorful paintings.
Contact me with questions and for information on commissions. I love to hear from you!
The commission process involves discussing your ideas and needs, payment up front, then receipt of the commissioned painting/s in approximately 4-6 weeks.
Special sizes can be accommodated - so the sky is truly the limit when it comes to something special you would like created.
Oil Pastel paintings are made using professional artist grade Sennelier oil pastels and acid free 90lb pastel paper. Oil pastels must be framed with glass and mats or spacers for protection. The pastel ships protected with foamcore, ready to be framed.
Acrylic paintings are made on high-quality cotton stretched canvas. The sides are ¾" deep and painted . These can be framed or hung unframed for a more contemporary look. Deeper gallery wrapped canvas (1 1/2" deep) is available for special requests. These add about 10% to the cost of the painting depending on the
size and the image is painted around the sides.
Standard sizes, and estimated cost (not including shipping), are as follows:
Pricing for oil pastel landscape paintings on paper:
9 x 12 $175
12 x 12 or 12 x 16 $200
16 x 20 $275
18 x 24 $400
Acrylic landscape paintings on 3/4" deep stretched canvas:
6 x 6 $85
8 x 10 $125
11 x 14 or 12 x 12 $180
16 x 20 $250
24 x 30 $350
24 x 36 $400
*Note that portraits and pet portraits are typically higher.
Prices subject to change and extensive landscapes may be charged at a higher rate. Not all commission proposals will be accepted.
2012 Yadkin Arts Council Eye of the Artist Juried Yadkinville, NC
2012 NC Museum of Art Art of the Auction Juried Raleigh, NC
2011 Locally Grown Visual Art Exchange Juried Raleigh, NC
2011 Southern Menagerie JL Raleigh Juried Raleigh, NC
2011 Oxidation Halle Cultural Center Juried Apex, NC
2011 Art Affaire Defining Design Juried Apex, NC
2011 Cool Notes Apex Arts Council Apex, NC
2011 Pulp Visual Art Exchange Juried Raleigh, NC
2011 Oceanic Latitudes Apex Arts Council Apex, NC
2010 A Sense of Place Halle Cultural Center Juried Apex, NC
2007 Travel Scenes Visual Art Exchange Juried Raleigh, NC
2005 The Apex Gallery Apex, NC
2000 UNC-Asheville A Figurative Study in Pastels Asheville, NC