When I was in the first grade, I told my teacher I could not draw. “Of course you can.” she said. I believed her. She was right. That was the start of my life as an artist
I have worked and played with art in one setting or another ever since. I used art often as a teacher of special needs children. As the mother of young children, on rainy afternoons, I covered the kitchen table with newspaper, lit candles and joined with my children in holding crayons in the flames and dripping the colored wax onto construction paper. It was our version of abstract expressionism
I went on to study art at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), trained as an Art Therapist at Vermont College (Montpelier), used art in personal exploration and with clients for many years in the practice of Art Therapy. Despite the satisfaction I felt in my work, I looked forward to the time when I could make art full time.
My wish came true. Today I live in St Petersburg, Florida and am, happily, the full time artist I dreamed of being. I devote many hours each week to making art in my studio at the ArtsXchange in the St Petersburg warehouse arts district.
Wherever I am, images grab my attention, calling me to explore. I paint or draw whatever attracts me in the moment. I am an eclectic artist working in several media shifting between oils, acrylics, and cold wa medium and between representational and abstract. Keeps me on my artistic toes, interested and involved. In my work, I use bright, joyful colors, textures and patterns that lead my viewers to feel like they are moving through the painting. I am told that, often, a viewer finds a sense of comfort in the experience.