With each brush stroke - a shape, a value , a color - I hope to push myself to the edge and not only create a unique work of art but also speak to men and women of all ages who long to grow beyond - age , oppression, fear - and dare boldly. My current body of work includes figurative oil paintings which have been described as passionate and expressive. These works evolved from a desire to help bring forth the faces of women and children in all cultures. A portion of the money raised from the sale of these paintings will help medical and educational centers in Uganda, Kenya and Haiti.
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS 2017 Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art - Juried - Alyssa Monks 2016 Uncommissioned Portrait - Finalist - Portrait Society of America 2016 Sight Unseen - Juried art show - Abend Gallery - Denver , CO 2016 Social Media Award - Root to Bloom - Principle Gallery - Alexandria , VA 2016 Root to Bloom- Juried art show - Principle Gallery -Alexandria, VA 2014 Women Painting Women - Juried art show - Principle Gallery -Charleston,SC 2013 Women Painting Women - Juried art show - Townsend Atelier , Chattanooga, TN 2012 Oil painting -Out of the Box - Honorable mention - Portrait Society of America 2012 Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanoogan.com, Lookout Mountain Mirror Women Painting Women - Painting selected as press example for show Women Painting Women Catalogue 2007 Drawing Award - first prize - cash award - Chattanooga State, Chattanooga , TN
Works held in private collections in Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama and South Carolina
2007-2014 Apprenticeship under Mia Bergeron- Master Painter and Internationally Acclaimed artist Continuing Education Workshops - Alyssa Monks, Catherine Kehoe, Mia Bergeron, Joseph Todorovitch, David Kassan, Sherrie McGraw, Rose Frantzen, Hollis Dunlap, Zhaoming Wu, Marvin Mattelson, Steve Huston, Casey Baugh, New Masters Academy. Townsend Atelier, Scottsdale Artist's School The Art Students League of New York - Studies in Oil Painting School of Visual Arts - New York - Studies in Oil Painting Chattanooga State -Studies in Drawing and Oil Painting 1977 University of Tennessee at Knoxville -Master's degree in Special Education and Educational Psychology 1973 University of Tennessee- B.S. degree in Deaf Education