About

Education/Employment/Personal

  • Native of Mobile, Alabama
  • BFA, Painting: University of South Alabama
  • MFA, Painting/photography: Florida State University
  • Married since 1974 to Rich Touart
  • Employed as Screen Printing Supervisor and Darkroom Technician, Vulcan,Inc., 1976-1991
  • Painting and Drawing Instructor for USA and for Faulkner State University
  • Medical Illustrator at the USA College of Medicine 1991 – 2003, 2009-2015
  • Member of Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile since 1991, Secretary since 1999
  • Past member of Mobile Art Association
  • Past member, Contemporary Artists’ Consortium of Mobile
  • Designer/illustrator, “Alabama Alphabet” series
  • Past member, Performing Arts Association, Foley, Alabama
  • Past member, People’s Art Co-Op, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Past Sustaining Associate Member, American Watercolor Society
  • Visual Arts Advisory Board, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama 2009
  • Member, Mobile Arts Council

Selected Exhibitions and Awards:

  • Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile, Juried and Members’ Exhibitions:
    Best of Show –  1992, 1996 (Mobile Museum of Art Purchase Award), 1998, 2000, 2014, 2015, 2016
    Members’ Choice Award – 2004, 2010, 2012
    Am South Bank Award – 2003
    2nd Place – 2002, 2007
    3rd Place – 2004
    Francis Palmer Ward Estate Memorial Award for Water Media – 1999, 2005
    Best Graphic – 2016
    Bea Tucker Memorial Award – 2010
    Alabama Art Supply Award – 2005, 2006, 2015
    Southern Art & Framing Award – 2009 (2), 2017
    Bea Tucker Award for Graphics – 1994
    Honorable Mention – 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2013
    Denise Inge Memorial Award – 2017
  • “Hats III: First Responders”, Mobile Arts Council, 2017
  • “Art of the Bay” Mobile Baykeepers 20th anniversary, 2017
  • “Colors of the Coast” Best of Show, Cathedral Square Gallery, 2014
  • “Nudes in November” Blue Velvet Studio, Merit Award, 2013
  • “Colors of the Coast” Merit Award, Cathedral Square Gallery, 2013
  • “Catatonic” invitational, Mobile Arts Council, 2013
  • “Artacopia” invitational exhibition at University of South Alabama & 3 other venues, 2012
  • “Dog Days” charity exhibition at Mobile Arts Association, 2012
  • “Colors of the Coast” 3rd Place, Cathedral Square Gallery, 2012
  • Solo Exhibition: “Botanicals”, Artists’ Place, Church of the Redeemer, Mobile, Alabama, 2012
  • “Celebrating Our Maritime Heritage: A Coastal Holiday,” Mobile Museum of Art, 2011-12
  • “Semmesonian: Artists of Semmes”, 2011
  • “DepARTmental” exhibition, USA Library, 2011
  • Solo Exhibition, Edward Jones Financial, Mobile, Alabama “Untitled” 2010, and “Ars Gratia Artis”, 2011
  • “Three Take on Texture”, Three-woman exhibition, USA Marx Library, 2010
  • “Shared Expressions” Mobile Museum of Art, 2009 & 2011
  • Solo Exhibition “Examples”, Eastern Shore Art Center of Fairhope Alabama, 2009
  • Two-Woman Exhibition with Rita Skiadas, Unitarian Fellowship of Fairhope, Alabama, 2009
  • “Drawing on Alabama”, Auburn and Mobile, Alabama, 2009
  • RSA ongoing exhibition, Battlehouse Hotel, Mobile, Alabama
  • Space 301 “People’s Art” CLA Award, 2006 and 2008
  • “April Foolishness”, Gulf ArtSpace, 2007
  • Chesser Gallery, featured artist, January, 2007
  • “Tickled Pink” Exhibition, Gulf ArtSpace, 2005
  • University of South Alabama Library Gallery, solo exhibition, 2004
  • Mobile Arts Council Skinny Gallery, solo exhibition, 2004
  • Mobile Art Association Juried Exhibition, 2004
  • “Region” Invitational Exhibition, Gulf ArtSpace, Fairhope, Alabama, 2003
  • “Southern Currents Inaugural” Exhibition, Space 301 Center for the Living Arts, Mobile, Alabama, 2003
  • “From the Heart” Exhibition, Gulf ArtSpace, Fairhope, Alabama, 2003
  • Featured artist, solo exhibition, Eastern Shore Art Center Whiting Gallery, Fairhope, Alabama, 2003
  • “BLUE” Exhibition, Gulf ArtSpace, Fairhope, Alabama, 2002
  • “Me, Myself, and/or I” Exhibition, Gulf ArtSpace, Fairhope, Alabama, 2002
  • “Best of Mobile” Juried Invitational, Mobile Museum of Art, 1990 through 1996
  • 25th Anniversary Alumni Show, USA, 1991
  • USA Medical Center Invitational, (purchase award and merit award), 1989
  • Ten Mobile/Baldwin Artists II, Invitational, 1989
  • September Celebration: “Twelve of Mobile’s Best” invitational, 1988
  • Mobile Museum of Art, “An Evening with Mobile’s Artists” Invitational, 1988
  • Gulf States Juried Exhibition, Contemporary Artists’ Consortium Saenger Gallery, 1982
  • Art & the Alabama Woman, 1982; Merit Award 1983 & 1984
  • Dixie Annual, Montgomery, Alabama, 1973 & 1974
  • Atlanta National, Atlanta, Georgia, 1970