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About the Artist:

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. I started drawing when I was a little girl and never stopped. My mother was a wonderful artist and my inspiration. I used to watch her draw and paint and was mesmerized by the beautiful drawings and paintings she created. I would draw on any scrap piece of paper I could find as a child. As I got older, I started trying different mediums: charcoal, pencil, chalk, pastels, and then started painting with oils. My mother and I would take an art class occasionally at the local community college and that’s where my love for watercolors began.

The need for art in my life has increased over the years. There is a peace I feel within while painting or drawing. It is my escape from the real world.

Art, for me, is a release into a world of creativity and a time for me to leave the worries of the world behind. When I am painting or drawing, I am totally focused on what I’m working on, and time just passes by.

I love the feeling when a piece is complete. I can’t describe the feeling, but it is a true sense of joy and satisfaction. I am always amazed at the finished piece and know that my talent is a God given talent.

As I get older, I am trying to focus more on painting and drawing. Whether it be a watercolor painting, a Zentangle drawing, or a mural on a wall; my paint brushes and pens are always ready. I still love to dabble in the world of crafts, such as pinestraw baskets, Cairn rock statues, pebble art, vintage jewelry art, jewelry design, gourd art, and rock wrapping, whenever I’m not painting.

Member:  Crooked Creek Art League (CCAL)


·         2023 1st Place Winner of South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) Annual Rural Art Competition (title of painting: Looking for Dinner (watercolor))

·         Michael J. Slattery Merit Award Fine Art Professional, South Carolina State Fair 2023 (title of painting: Ocean Wonderland (watercolor and Zentangle))

·         The Braddock Group Legacy Award, 2023 Crooked Creek Art League Juried Show (title of painting: Gentle Giant (watercolor and Zentangle))

·         Post Card Award, 2022 Crooked Creek Art League Juried Show (title of painting: Ocean Wonderland (watercolor and Zentangle))

·         2022 Third Place, Crooked Creek Art League Annual Contest (The Grands and Sugar Playing in the Park (Pebble Art))

About the Artwork:

Zia Zenturtle

Zia Zenturtle

This piece is done using a technique called Zentangle. I love the diversity of this art form. Zentangle features creating a series of patterns on the turtle shell using a Micron pen, giving it a very distinct look. It is a form of art that is appealing and interesting to look at because it is different than painting. . I enjoy taking something as simple as pattern drawing and making it a piece of art. My creative process is influenced by my love of doing something different.

There is a hidden heart somewhere on the turtle. Can you find it?

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