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Registered Instructor for the Wilcox School of Color courses which are designed to give the artist mastery over color mixing. Certified Zentangle Teacher. Check my Events for any currently scheduled classes, or contact me to scheule one in your area!
2009 Members' Show of the Society of Watercolor Artists of Fort Worth - Honorable Mention
2011 Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show - blue ribbonin the water media category
In 2008, I made the decision to pursue a lifelong dream of being an artist. Though I have always had a yearning to be an artist, prior to that point I had only dabbled in art. I have however made it a point to include creative pursuits in my life for as long as I can remember. In the past they have included singing, songwriting, playing piano and guitar, quilting, crochet, knitting, macramé and spinning my own yarn. Yet I held back from actually painting or drawing because I didn't think I had the time. I didn't think I had the necessary training. I didn't think I had the talent.
In high school I did take one semester of art. I wanted to continue, but was not allowed to take both choir and art. Music was the pursuit that was encouraged by my family, so I set the art aside. At Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, as I was majoring in music - I had a friend who was doing a double major in art and music. Though I thought he was insane to try to do it, I was jealous. In 1975 I finally signed up for an art class, and studied oil painting for 6 months.
Then I let life get in the way, and didn't get back to art until 2005. That summer I attended a workshop in glass etching, and a watercolor workshop with Sue Scheewe. I loved it! When I came home I signed up for watercolor classes and painted happily for a few months. A family crisis interfered, and discouraged, I once again set the art aside. There was a constant grieving in my spirit that I was not an artist.
In 2008 I made a commitment to myself. I made art a priority in my life. From that point on, I have attended watercolor classes taught by Ann Winchester on a weekly basis. I paint 3 - 6 days a week. I have been thrilled at the progress I have made, and begun doing my own original work. I am now doing commissioned work, and have won my first awards.
When I am painting, it feels like being an artist is more who I am at the core than anything else I have ever done. For me, painting is meditation. In each piece I strive to embody the emotion that I feel for my subject. I do my painting now in spite of vision challenges, as I have had two retinal surgeries in 2009. I now have the goal of becoming a fulltime professional artist, specializing in watercolor portraits
I have always loved colors, to the point that I sometimes thank God for specific colors when I say my prayers at night. It therefore seems like a good fit that I am now a registered instructor for the Michael Wilcox School of Color. Michael's materials have given me so much insight into color mixing and I look forward to learning more as I continue to study them. I also look forward to sharing this information with other artists.
I have three grown children and four grandchildren. I live with my highschool sweetheart, who has been my husband now for 41 years. We also have a sweet cockerspaniel named Daisy.