My Artist Pledge

As an artist, I am proud of this profession and conscious of its great heritage, and I pledge to maintain the dignity of this profession.  I pledge that every painting that leaves my studio will represent my best effort as a creative artist.  The painting I am working on now is the most important one of all to me, and I will spare no effort to make it the finest work of art of which I am capable.  I pledge that I will employ only fine-quality materials and will take the traditional precautions to ensure the permanence of your painting.  I am conscious that I am producing not only a painting but also an enduring work of art.

I was born and raised in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

My artistic abilities were realized at an early age, and I am grateful I was encouraged to draw, paint and be creative.  “Crayons were among my earliest of friends.”  I later studied drawing and painting privately under the guidance of American southern artist Abbe Rose Cox, who was once listed as one of the top ten female artists in the nation.  I also pursued other artistic outlets including vocal and piano performance, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  

While I embrace many forms of creative expression, my first love has always been painting.  Passionate about my work, my most treasured time is spent in the studio where I pour out creative energy onto the canvas.

A sincere desire to create exceptional and lasting works of art is my primary goal when working with clients.  “Making a positive difference in the lives of others gives meaning and memory to my work.”  This philosophy of endurance guides me in creating family heirlooms that will last for generations.  I believe my love for people and pets is evident in my work.

I am a life fellow of The Portrait Institute and a member of various art organizations.   I have exhibited artwork in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.; and my paintings are in private collections in California, Texas, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

 I moved to Bristol, Tennessee in 2003 and have served as Executive Director of the Kingsport Art Guild, a nonprofit arts organization, since July of 2005.

I relocated my studio in 2014 and I am now a resident artist at the Arts Depot in historic Abingdon, Virginia.

Restoration & Cleaning

  • I restore oil and acrylic artwork
  • I repair punctures, tares & rips
  • Cleaning oil and acrylic art
  • Restore and repair old photos
  • Restore damaged pastel artwork
  • Text or Call for pricing 423 767 0858


  • Private Lessons in my studio
  • Zoom online private lessons
  • Individual art critique
  • Show & Exhibition Judge


  • Personal and Corporate
  • Posthumous Portrates
  • Animal Portraits
  • Estates and Home Portraits
  • Landscapes, Seascapes, Flowers

Studio Address

The Arts Depot

314 Depot Square
Abingdon, VA
(423) 767-0858

Open Hours

Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 4pm
And By Appointment

Holidays: Closed