I was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1959 and lived most of my life in what used to be a rural part of Virginia's Tidewater region. The area is rich in history, with trips to Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown fostering an early interest in becoming an archaeologist. I ended up becoming an artist instead, but I maintain my love of history, the people who are a part of it, and the objects that tell the stories of the past. I spend a lot of time roaming the woods around Tallahassee, Florida, where I now live, and usually emerge with bags of discards collected from trash scatters and dump sites spread throughout the woodlands. These objects have been changed through time, exposure to sun, rain, fires and occasionally frost. They show their history, and that is what I find so beautiful about them. These finds often end up in my portrait series on ageism, transformed into robes, crowns, and halos.
I teach printmaking and am Print Lab Manager at Florida State University. I am the recipient of a grant from Puffin Foundation Ltd., a Robert Rauschenberg/Barrier Island Group for the Arts award, have been an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts artists residency, Artist in Residence at 621 Gallery and a Summer River Fellows Program resident artist at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. My work is included in public and private collections including the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University, and the Southern Graphics Council International permanent collection at Kennesaw State University.