Q: What did you do before you started painting (what's your profession or background?)
A: I am a software engineer for Southeastern Freight Lines. I have a degree in Mathematics from USC and took computer-programming classes after that at Midlands Tech. I have been programming since I graduated.
Q: When did you start painting? What drew you to painting?
A: I started taking classes from Michel McNinch three and a half years ago. I started painting my own original paintings about two years ago. I have always wanted to create something and have always wanted to paint. I love color and being creative.
Q: What's your favorite thing to paint? How do you choose the subject for your paintings?
A: Right now I paint a lot of Southern landscapes. I love the Lowcountry. I also love painting Columbia and Charleston cityscapes. My husband is from Maine so I also enjoy painting coastal New England paintings. I would like to paint more cityscapes with people in them carrying on with their daily lives.
Q: Describe the last painting you completed -- what was it a painting of and/or what was the process of creating it like? What inspired the painting?
A: The very last painting that I painted was of a side street in downtown Charleston. I decided to try a very small painting. I was inspired by the contrast of light and shadows. I tried to mix more of my own colors in this painting so I was pleased with the colors that were created.
Q: Where do you paint? Do you have a studio or part of your home set aside for your painting?
A: I usually paint in a room at our home off of the back porch. It's more convenient to paint from photographs but I would like to try to paint more "plein air" paintings.
Q: It seems that a lot of your paintings are of spots here in South Carolina? Is there one of your paintings that depicts a special spot that you'd encourage travelers to visit?
A: I would encourage people to visit Edisto if they have not. Edisto is not commercialized like some of the other Lowcountry areas.