I have loved art and dreamed of making art since I was a child! My family visited Jugtown, NC often and I was mesmerized by the potters at work. Art has always been my favorite subject, but I didn't share that with others until I was in my forties! It's never too late to follow a dream! After all,Grandma Moses was 77 when she began painting!
My favorite techniques are printmaking and pottery, but I love to make and teach many art forms. My passion is helping others discover (or rediscover) the joy of making art--especially children and teens. If you wish to pursue advanced/intermediate techniques I will gladly recommend local teaching artists and
art centers where you can develop your skills.
When I'm not teaching or making art, you can find me exploring beaches, parks, and new places with my children. We especially love donut and ice cream shops.
I hold BA degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts from Christopher Newport University. After graduating from CNU, I worked as a Historical Interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg. I returned to CNU a few years later to attend its teacher certification program and was a classroom teacher for Newport News Public Schools before taking a few years off to be a stay-at-home-mom. I reentered the workforce when I saw that the Peninsula Fine Arts Center was searching an Education Director with experience in the education, fine arts, and museum fields. It was the perfect fit and I worked there from 2014 until they closed.
I'm licensed as both a visual arts teacher for grades K-12 and a classroom teacher for grades K-6. I'm CPR and First Aid certified for pediatrics and adults. I have extensive experience working with
individuals with disabilities. I am an advocate for diversity and inclusion.