My forefathers were Smiths, pounding and shaping metal into tools and weapons over hot fire and forge. As MY ancestors migrated to American, they turned from metal to wood and made their living as carpenters on the American frontier. Those Smiths transformed rough-hewn lumber into housing, cabinets, furniture, trim, and more as they moved westward from Virginia to Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas.
I earned paychecks as a school teacher, a principal, and an economic development director. But throughout, my heritage called. A passion for working with wood persisted. Now, like my grandfather, great-grandfather, and ancestors before, I cut, shape, and create with wood. I joined that passion with a love of art and a recycling ethic. I create pictures and art using wood and recycled wood as my canvas and medium.
I am indebted to those who have helped me along my artistic path. Lynda Ellis (Lithon, GA) graciously tutored in acrylic painting skills. Rena Brower's watercolor sessions (Delphi, IN) offered inspiring techniques and approaches. Michael Fite (GA) assisted with woodwork tutoring. In addition, coursework through the Museum of Modern Art and classes in woodworking and mixed media with Robert Spiece, Carol Nelson, and Marjie Kemper have helped me along my path.
I also thank Marie Henderson and the Artists Network, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Wabash Valley Artists Society, and the Art League of Greater Lafayette. I appreciate the help and support of each and all.
My artwork has been/will be shown at:
Harrison College. March - May 2018 exhibition
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Solo gallery exhibit (Lafayette, IN. 2016)
Southern Heartland Art Gallery. 2016, 2017, 2018
Art on the Wabash. (West Lafayette, IN. 2014, 2015, 2017
Delphi Opera House. Nov. 2015, 2016, 2017. (Delphi, IN)
Friends of the Frankfort Community Library Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. Nov. 2017
The Tippecanoe County Home and Family Arts Open. July 2015, 2017 (Lafayette, IN)
-- 2015, 2017 First Place / Creative Recycling
The Broadway Art Show. 2014, 2015. (Monticello, IN)
White County Council on Aging. 2014 (Monticello, IN)
I am a member of the
Tippecanoe Arts Federation (Lafayette, IN)
Wabash Valley Artists Society (Lafayette, IN)
Art League of Greater Lafayette (Lafayette, IN)
Southern Heartland Arts Guild (Covington, GA)
In addition, I have written "A Quiet Night in June," a book with forty original poems and seventeen hand-drawn illustrations. It is available through the Kindle store. (Click here)