It has always been a childhood dream to become an artist. Earning a degree in Business, marriage, children and work put that dream on hold until about fifteen years ago when I started taking watercolor classes. Under the direction of many local and visiting art instructors I have been encouraged, enriched and delighted by this medium in each and every class. Not only was I taught the techniques of watercolor I was inspired to create the best paintings I am capable of creating.
Pastels were introduced to me when I mistakenly thought I had signed up for a watercolor class. I watched the artists in this class work magic with these colorful little pieces of chalk and I knew I was destined to become a pastelist. So now I combine these two mediums as well as charcoal to create my paintings.
My aim when painting is not to necessarily create a photograph of the subject but to interpret that subject in my own way. Therefore most of my work is a summary or abstract of the actual subject. As an artist I am always collecting visual information and I am grateful that I can express this and share it with others. The greatest reward as an artist is to see someone else enjoy my work.
The Illinois Prairie Pastel Society Member of the Illinois Artisans Program Sangamon Watercolor Society Member of Prairie Art Alliance Member of the Springfield Art Association
Workshops and Classes:
Cyd Labonte Joe Fettingis Joan Beeman Ed Fendendal Rose Eden Karlyn Holman Judi Betts Carol Gratsdorf Don Andrews