As an art major in high-school, I studied with Ann Flessel, a former missionary to China. I always won the local contests. A favorite memory was assisting her in painting the silk garments for the theater production of the Mikado in Binghamton, New York, fifteen miles from my home town of Windsor.
In my adult life I helped set up the music department for the Gospel Publishing House of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Mo. This was almost entirely a music assignment, but art continued, as I designed the logo for their sheet music and I designed and painted the props for national conventions, etc. As a private music teacher I have constantly been involved in professional production which required artistic production for children's concerts, and commercials and advertisments for the music store where I was educational director. We held sales in a 150 mile radius and I designed full page ads for these four day perimeter sales. This private music teacher draws constantly in all the assignment books, illustrating the point of the moment. Students always comment on my sketches. My home is my Victorian decorated delight.
Yes, I have never left my artwork, sketching at Lake George, New York every summer, then returning to Springfield for my music career. No, I have never sold a painting or sketch, I just love art. My sister chose her first degree in art and taught art. I used my art on a 3 manual theater organ, playing for the New York City Rockettes each year in Branson, Mo. I married a commercial artist and I raised one daughter, a musician and one daughter an artist and photographer. Yes, I will continue to leave my little 'art' works here and there and leave the real art to others. Marie