A lifelong artist, I've drawn as long as I can remember. I majored in art in college, earning my Bachelor Of Fine Arts degree in commercial art in 1980, but after working for over 20 years in various branches of the industry, I found the work unfulfilling and stressful.
In 2004, on a whim, I decided to try painting in my spare time to get back in touch with my more creative side (I had never painted before), and I took up oils. I couldn't decide what subjects I wanted to depict, then a friend who owns Greyhounds asked me if I could paint pet portraits, and...
Art By Billie was officially launched in 2006. In 2008 I added acrylics to my choices of painting mediums. I also work in graphite, and pen and ink, as I have all of my life. Most of my art centers around animals, as I have owned and loved various pets since I was a small child; I also love painting the ocean and other subjects.
I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina, with my husband Rob, our dog Summer, and cats Zooey and Ava. Thanks for visiting!
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