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Artist’s Statement and Influences


Evelyn Mullis, Gaffney, SC—(my mom) basic painting and drawing

Dr. Seymour Simmons, France—plein air watercolor instructions

Dr. Margaret Johnson, New York State University—art aesthetics

Jim Connell, Rock Hill, SC—Basic through advanced ceramics

Bea Sisson, Lancaster, SC—portraiture

Paul Martyka, Rock Hill, SC—art criticism and composition

Margaret Hoybach, Charleston, SC—advanced watercolor instructions

Chris Darway, Denver, Colorado– silver jewelry making (PMC)


“During my artistic journey, the people above have had a great influence on who I am today as an artist and teacher.  Making art is like breathing or eating.  It is something I must do.  And making art inspires me to give back.  And teaching, in return, motivates me to make art… to be a great example.  It’s a wonderful cycle.”​

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