Coming to the mountains of North Carolina awakened my senses and the creative spark in me. That’s what happens when you up and move after having lived in the same place as long as you can remember. I was in education for 32 years in Columbia, South Carolina, in the same schools I attended growing up, and upon retirement my husband and I moved to these beautiful mountains.
Inspired by the wildlife surrounding me, I was finding myself sketching songbirds seen in our backyard and discovering joy in what I was creating. I was introduced to the colored pencil and have since started another chapter in my life. Drawing with colored pencils allows me to obtain the level of detail and realism I crave. My subject matter is nature, whether it is a mountain landscape, local wildlife, flowers or birds. Domestic animals and pets also hold a special place in my heart. By drawing these wonders around me, I am learning through careful observation that each creature and object in nature is truly one-of-a-kind. For instance, all bluebirds are not alike, they are each unique.
My new chapter is full of possibilities. I’m finding my creativity, my individuality, and my joy. And in so doing, finding fulfillment in sharing this joy with others.