Ms. Fairlie is Professor of Art at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where she has been teaching watercolor,oil painting, drawing, figure drawing and printmaking since 1996.
She studied painting for four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Women'a Univerity and her Master of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts/University of North Texas. She has many hours in metals and jewelry making,studying metals under Mark Diamond, Val Link, Bud Green and Harlan Butt. Her dyed silk scarves are a natural outgrowth of her background in watercolor. Dyed to match the colors of the wire wrapped or cold set cabochons, the "Cabochon Silks" (c) create unique combination of color and material.
Nationally recognized for her watercolors, she has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in many national juried exhibitions including Watercolor USA, the National Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, WAS-H nd the Arizona Aqueous. She served on the board of Directors for the National Watercolor Society as Newsletter Editor and Holds Signature status in Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and elite signature status in the Watercolor Art Society Houston (WAS-H).She has received an Honored Alumni Award from the University of North Texas, School of Visual Arts and an Outstanding Faculty Award from Sul Ross State University. In 2016, she was the Honored Artist at Alpines' ArtWalk. She has extensive experience as a juror of exhibitions and teaching workshops.
Her work is represented privately in the USA, Mexico, Japan, and the Czech Republic and included in the collections of Merrill Lynch Corporation, Tetra Pak Corporation (Sweden), the Mary Kaye Family, Sul Ross State University and the Houton Oil Company in Midland, Texas.