Artist Bio with Statement:
My roots trace back to growing up in Elkin, North Carolina, a small town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. I began drawing at a very young age, copying the drawings that my mother had done in her sketchbook, and marveling at the paintings that she did in the 1970s. Drawing and making art came very natural to me, like walking or breathing - and I guess that was a kind of prophecy.
Later in life, when I moved to Hickory, North Carolina, I attended and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College with a BA in French with a minor in English. During those four years, I spent a semester in Aix-en Provence, France, where I studied French culture and arts.
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