Painting, for me, began and ended (at least for a long while) during an early low-stress lull in life, at the age of 20. I picked up a beginners' oil set and became enthralled with teaching myself (through trial and error, of course) about the medium. I had just barely gotten comfortable with the joy that painting brought to my life when the normal 'life changes' began to occur and things got busier and busier. Babies came along to completely fill that 'JOY' space and there was simply no time for anything else. Knowing God always gives us what we need, when we need it, painting was pushed aside (though not forgotten) until my 'later' years. When that little inner voice told me I might want to try it again, I decided to give the now-fabulous acrylic paints a try. It was different but it became comfortable and now it's what I mostly prefer. My painting comes from a love of nature, a desire to create something pleasing, and an appreciation for anything that makes an environment more beautiful and/or interesting. It is what it is, I have had no formal training. I consider my painting a 'gift' and I'm thankful for it, and if it brings someone else some happiness, then I am doing my job. My precious, now adult, children and husband are why I have sought an outlet for the painted canvases that began to accumulate. Their much-needed encouragement and support are as much a 'gift' to me as the painting itself, 'my cup runneth over'.
I truly hope you find something in my work enjoyable and that it is a bright-spot in your day.