About fifteen years ago on a holiday with some friends, my life changed. I went from being a full-time Mom and nurse to an impassioned watercolor artist. While they were basking in the tropical sun I sat under a palm tree and began to sketch the beautiful seascape before me. I have been drawing and painting ever since.
I enjoy creating paintings that vary in subject: florals, scenes, scapes, animals, as well as still life. Participating in seminars, such as those in Oregon and Wisconsin with Tony Couch, in St. Malo, France with Tom Lynch, and in Tuscany, Italy with Paul George has instilled a desire to continually challenge myself. Attending classes at Carroll College, Waukesha Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Madison, and Madison Technical College has increased my knowledge of watercolor painting as well as basic drawing.
Participation in juried art shows at Spring Green, Green Lake, and Appleton as well as being a featured artist for Gallery Night in Oconomowoc and the Portage Art Walk have been great experiences. They have given me the opportunity to talk to the public while I paint. Requests for commissioned pieces have added new and exciting dimensions to my career. Art is a very personal thing and to paint something that someone else enjoys is a challenge I take pleasure in. One of the high points of my career was having a pastel portrait of the International Formula One racing driver, Sir Sterling Moss, published in the magazine “Classic Cars International”. Sir Sterling signed the portrait at an Invitational Banquet in January, 2005.
The passage of time since that fateful day under the palm tree and my continued life experiences motivate me in my work. I am grateful for every moment. I am also grateful for the encouragement of my friend and mentor who has helped me to expand my endeavors in the field of watercolors. Samples of my works are currently on permanent exhibition at the West James Gallery in Columbus.
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