Bio:I was inspired by my grandmother, Jessie Johns, at an early age to draw. An artist herself,
she gave me the first tools of art by buying me a chalkboard art table at the age of four.
As a student at Morristown East High, Ruth Breeding, my teacher, drilled into me the desire for art. My grandmother sparked the flame
for art while Ruth poured on the gasoline. At East High, I won my first award for a piece that was trash and broken glass, arranged and glued together.
I later studied painting under Ron Castle, who played a major role in how I apply oil to canvas.
Ron was a major influence in my paintings and how I feel about art.
I've practiced my art in several forms, styles and mediums over the years.
A quick list of mediums would be oil, watercolor, airbrush, pen and ink, pastels, charcoals, graphite, and of course, acrylic.
Some of my styles have ranged from realist portraits and scenes to globs of emotions spread over canvas.
I have recently dived into caricature of individuals, mixed with reality.
My favorite medium is pen and ink, with oil a close second, but I have, in my later years, begun to appreciate acrylic
and its properties and the simplicity of graphite. Most of my work now is either caricature practice and works done on commission,
with at least one work being done on a daily basis . . . .