Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, my early history begins with landscape and portrait painting alongside my Aunt and greatest influence, Elsa Noris Dodd. I lived and painted with Ms. Dodd in Highlands, N.C. after college and throughout my twenties. With her encouragement, I spent three winters at the Art Students League of NYC taking classes, notably with David Laffel and Richard Pousette Dart. I later returned to Atlanta, successfully painting children’s portraits by commission throughout the 80’s and 90’s. I left Atlanta and portrait painting and returned to landscape painting in 2000 when I moved to Moreland, Ga. I have been lucky enough to take workshops in this area with some of the finest plein air painters of the day, Roger Dale Brown and Gene Costanza. My most recent history however, involves a move away from plein air to a renewed interest in contemporary art. For the last year and a half I have been working primarily with water color, exploring shape and color. As spring approaches it will be interesting to see how this last venture affects my outdoor work.