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I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and grew up in Wheeling, W.Va. At an early age I had a connection to the outdoors and nature. The beautiful hills of West Virginia made an everlasting impression on me. Plus I was exposed to the wonderful museums in Pittsburgh, which opened my mind to the arts and especially painting; though I had not yet discovered art as art. I lived in several places in Florida where I had the opportunity to take in the beautiful sunrise and sunsets. In 1987 my husband and I moved to Greensboro, North Carolina and I received an Associateís Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. I worked in Graphic Design and Visual Merchandising and also Picture Framing over the years. All through those years I was teaching myself how to paint. We moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 1995 and in 2007 I committed to be a full time artist. I am a self taught painter. I began to paint by copying pictures out of magazines or photographs. Then I stretched out to paint what I saw or what was in my head. This was a huge leap for a self taught artist. I made a tremendous amount of mistakes before I was a proud of a piece. Then I started showing at local coffee shops, art stores and then progressed into entering Juried Art Shows and Galleries. I am currently showing in Art Galleries, local businesses and online. I continue to expand my work in different locales, styles and mediums. I feel itís important to always change and grow in whatever your life-long work or pleasure would encompass. If any person is reading this and is interested in art and is afraid to try, I invite you to the wonderful adventure. Nothing is so scary than fear itself, so give it a try. If nothing else, I would like to thank my husband, David, for his total support and love for my work and my crazy ideas. Every artist should have a friend like him. That is all for now. Thank You,