Thanks for visiting my site! I live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and am thrilled to be working on art most of the week. From 2011-2017 I pursued a full-time teaching career (I love teaching and more on that below), but it wasn’t for me- I needed to make art and with continuing education to improve my art skills over the years, and thanks to each new collector, my studio dabbling has developed into a daily practice as an artist.

Time at the easel allows me to enjoy “flow,” to connect with others, and to think about my experiences as I attach meaning to my work.  I am interested in representing life through paint, and love the constant practice of seeing and painting value and color. My main collections are still life, landscape, and botanical paintings from my own nature photos. Additionally, I enjoy playful breaks from painting with whimsical cut paper collages that catalog nature. My main collage series are North Carolina wildflowers and Atlantic Coast seashells.

On this site you will also find lessons from my ten years of teaching experience at Montessori schools, community centers, and museums. The Montessori philosophy of “follow the child” goes hand in hand with teaching art skills. Some of the museums where I’ve taught include the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the Frist Art Museum. These opportunities helped me hone my teaching craft and build my lesson repertoire. I also earned a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill in Elementary Education, and a M.Ed from Vanderbilt in Learning and Design. I create art curricula that are process-based and function as art media exploration, but that also culminate in a finished product. This gives my students something to be proud of and serves as an artifact of what they learned and the process they explored. While I don’t add new lessons here anymore, I keep them up on the site because I know other teachers come here for ideas. For fresh ideas posted more often, come follow my art education Instagram @practiceartstudio! I also teach oil painting courses to adults in Carrboro, North Carolina. Click below to register for my upcoming courses.

Alla Prima Still Life in Oil Paint: Sundays 1-4 October 31st-November 21st at Eno Arts Mill

Pet Portrait in Oil Paint: Saturday and Sunday 1-4 December 4th and 5th at The Arts Center

Thanks so much for visiting!

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