ART THAT GOES BEYOND LIKENESS TO CHARACTER, EMOTION, LOVE
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Did I always think of myself as an artist? No, but the yellowed drawings from grammar school stayed through every move. At 47, a new life found me and I found art. My passion for it began with Bill, who framed my first very awkward attempt at painting. He thought it was pretty good and has encouraged and supported me every step of the way (even as a standin model!)
The question, "what will I do with my time" started this wonderful art journey. When Bill’s job took us out of the U.S. I found great friends who also encouraged me, commissioned portraits, and bought my paintings. Even though those early paintings lacked many elements of the professional, I loved painting and learning, creating.
Six years later we moved back to the States, to a small town in Texas. The paintings of the Maasai and Samburu tribes of Kenya struck a happy note with everyone. The rich ochres and browns of the people and dusty greens of the dry landscape let me relive the memories. Maybe they also took a bit of adventure to everyone else!
The challenge of finding a market for my “people paintings” made me rethink subject matter. A friend/mentor suggested I paint flowers using imagined colors, steering me away from what I really saw into what could be. Another big hit! I learned that colors don't matter if values are right. What fun I had with flowers, huge close up blooms, dancing colors across the petals.
I have not followed the best advice of experts: make a formal business plan and write goals. And I have pursued many other interests and activities along the way. I have skied and scuba dived exotic locations, hiked and biked many tangled trails, and I’ve tackled that awesome game of golf, Bill by my side for each.
WHAT HAS NOT CHANGED OR WAVERED IS MY COMMITMENT TO PAINTING AND LEARNING, TO GIVING VALUE TO MY COLLECTORS
My work is classic yet always evolving. I paint from my heart, looking for that fleeting connection that makes me WANT to paint someone. I believe that the finished painting will talk to you from across the room, inviting you into the emotion that I felt as I painted.