At home in my native state of Florida, I began painting at age 60 and have since found endless inspiration for the canvas in the unparalleled beauty of the Gulf Coast. I consider this my second act, following a long career as a nationally recognized speaker, educator, and author traveling the globe advocating for patients and teaching resiliency skills. Watch one of my keynote addresses on resiliency or view my artist CV.
Working primarily in acrylic on canvas, I strive to capture the feelings of joy that only being fully alive and present to the beauty around us can bring. Having studied alongside many fine artists, I know there is always more to learn and the challenge of that excites me. The spirit of my work is influenced by my love of nature, and by the deep feelings and emotions of my personal journey as a person living with lupus.
For me, every new day’s an adventure and others have commented that my zest for living fully is contagious. Over the years, I’ve flown in a hot air balloon, driven a race car at 124 miles per hour, and completed all 26.2 miles of the Chicago Marathon. My passion is bringing beauty into the world and sharing hope to support others in discovering their own unsinkable spirit.
When I’m not in my studio, you will find me—camera phone in hand—taking long early morning walks with my dog, Daisy, and photographing the flowers and wildlife of Tampa Bay’s open-water estuary or spending time with my loving husband (and high school sweetheart!), Tony, and our wonderful adult daughters.