I grew up and currently live in Summerville South Carolina. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1995, from the University of South Carolina in Art Education. In 2005, I received a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies form Virginia Commonwealth University. During my coursework at VCU I studied textile dying and quilting. My thesis show consisted of several art quilts and Coptic bound books with hand dyed fabric.
In 2006 I moved back to Summerville and have taught art in Elementary, Middle and High School within Dorchester District Two Schools. In 2019 I had a quilt exhibited at Sacred Threads in Herndon Virginia. This quilt was picked to travel to several quilt shows throughout the United States for the next two years. While visiting Sacred Threads I learned about SAQA, Studio Art Quilters Association, and joined this group immediately. This group gave me an outlet to tell my son’s story of Autism and our family journey. My most current work is about other children with autism and their families personal journey.
My current body of work celebrates my personal journey as a mother of a child with Autism. My artwork serves multiple purposes. I hope that my paintings and quilts provide people with opportunities to educate themselves about disabilities. My artwork has started conversations where people will share their stories and want to talk about their experiences with disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also find quilting and other handcrafts very therapeutic. As a special needs parent pouring over SPED paperwork, and ABA/OT therapies I sometimes feel helpless. Creating something makes me feel productive, useful, and relevant in my son’s life. My visual artwork communicates messages for which he has no words.
August 1996 – present
art educator, k-12
Over my 26 year career as an art educator I have taught all grades and all levels. I taught 7 years in a k-5 elementary art setting, 7 years in grades 6-8th, and 12 years in high school. I have taught visual art 9-12 and Advanced Placement Drawing.
Artfields acceptance Magical Unicorn
SAQA Street Art Virtual Gallery Magical Unicorn
SAQA Words Fail Virtual Gallery
Artfields acceptance Numbers Have No Emotion
2020 October Public Works Art Gallery Spark Invitational Artist A Few of My Favorite Things
SAQA on the Edge Virtual Gallery
Artfield’s acceptance for a trompe l'oeil painting of a project quilting board
Transcendence Through Autism WH 8-10-184801892 SN 8-10-1972-
Sacred Threads Backyard Escape Swing Please
Eye Contact 2 quilts featured
Sacred Threads traveling exhibit SIB Self Injurious Behavior
Artfield’s acceptance for a painting and quilt ONE
Education and Professional Organizations
2019-present SAQA Studio art quilters Association
1995-Present NAEA National Art Education Association
MIS, Virginia Commonwealth University
I received a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. During my coursework at VCU I studied textile dyeing and quilting. My thesis show consisted of several art quilts and coptic bound books with hand dyed fabric.
BFA, University of South Carolina
Major Art Education with a painting concentration.