When I was a child, the only thing that captured my attention was art, and by high school I was receiving local, regional, and national awards for my paintings. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Florida State University in 1993, where I was only one of 13 in the program. By 1997, I knew that I wanted to share this with others, so became certified to teach K-12 by the University of Richmond. I still do studio workshops with children and adults through a summer program at St. Catherine’s. I’ve worked with oil and pastels and charcoal, but as I’ve transitioned from realism to more abstract pieces, I’ve embraced acrylics. It allows me to explore the lights and darks of a piece, and I can experiment with thickness – from rich textures to thin and fluid like a watercolor. Creating abstract pieces also allows me to appreciate the beauty in our interpretation of the most ordinary aspects of life.