First and foremost, I am a Mom. This means I have eyes in the back of my head, spot on intuition, the patience of a saint and mountains of compassion. And let’s not forget the minivan. (Update, a teenaged driver totalled said minivan (everyone is ok!), and I now drive a sedan, but it has plenty deep trunk with lots of space for artwork!!)
Conveniently, these are also all prerequisites for being an artist.
I have to see every single detail, interpret said details through your eyes, run them through my own filter, and then pick up the brushes and paint.
I am asked all the time “why do you paint?” Despite the frequency of this question, I have yet to come up with a particularly brilliant answer.
I simply paint, I have always painted, because like breathing, I must.
I am wired this way.
Painting is much, much more than making a pretty picture. It is my livelihood. It is how I support my family. It is a passion I gratefully share with my students. It is how I give back to my community. It is an example to my kids (and others) to follow their dreams. It is also how I maintain my sanity (ok, that last point about my sanity has been questioned, just for the record).
I’ve got college degrees in art and art history, an extensive professional background in many different art arenas and some odder life experiences (like writing automobile owners manuals) that add up to who I am today. My work is widely and enthusiastically collected, sitting in corporate collections and homes around the world, and has been honored with a variety of wonderful awards.
But that doesn’t mean much unless you connect with it.
If you can’t see the soul - that of myself and my muse - in my compositions, then I’ve failed.
I want you to see the world through my eyes, to process light and color as I do. To reach into the planes of my paintings with your heart and to walk away knowing that we share compassion and a joy for life.
It’s the best sort of connection to build a new friendship upon.
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I sincerely thank you for your time, your ideas, your business and your referrals.