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I love art! Since I was knee high I loved scrounging through my dad's business advertisements in every envelope and package from pharmaceutical companies. The papers were smooth, shiny, very heavy and all in color. Amazing that paper was all this, considering this dates back to the olden days... course that's just a figure of speech! Mostly I think I loved the smell and feel of the paper. THIS was the beginning of my journey into the art world. I loved picture books, but was not much of a chapter book reader. I think that's because without the pics, the pages held little to capture my attention. That's when I began to draw and fill in the lines with colored pencil and tempera paints. My creative urges have never stopped along the way.
I tend to explore my vision with several mediums. When I finish a piece I tend to forge further using a different medium. For instance having completed a sculpted trilogy of Native American bas reliefs, I felt a need to recreate using watercolor and pastels. Continued practice with different mediums along the way keeps me fresh and inspired.
I am fortunate to live in a sculpture mecca of the country, Loveland, CO. This is where I began to take classes with famous sculptors, and learn the process of casting, through patina, with some of the best artists in the country. Exhibiting my work at the Loveland Sculpture Show is an absolute highlight for me! Largely my sculptures are figurative however I am presently creating bas relief pieces, merging metals or resins with wood.
During my 'middle years' (which will continue forever), I engaged in the surface design industry, learning to paint for the domestic and apparel industries, marketing my work to manufacturers who sell in the retail market. Becoming involved with the Color Marketing Group I learned and understood how 'color ways' or 'color palettes' are chosen for each year. Not a quick or easy process, a worldwide group convenes, deliberates and votes upon color choices in each industry each year. It was an amazing experience to be a part of this group. This is when and where I developed a keen sense for use of color in my work. Did you know the color of cars being manufactured this year were probably chosen about nine years past? Fun to know!
Another continuing medium is painting on silk. It is amazing what can happen when the silk becomes your canvas!
Please do explore my art as it appears on Fine Art America. I invite you to leave me comments and messages and perhaps we can communicate with one another.