I took up pastels at age 14 and did portraits on commission during my teenage years. I married, raised a family and only returned to painting in my forties. At this time I taught myself watercolors, followed by egg tempera and eventually oils. I have been a member of several artist associations here in Illinois, and have met and discussed painting with other contemporaries. I displayed my paintings at art fairs as well as other locations in this area.
I love to paint! Although I have not studied art, I somehow have the instinct and ability to create the colors and forms that I wish to paint. I choose subject matter that tickles my fancy. I always paint to challenge myself and never paint any one subject twice. Watercolors and oils are my favorite mediums but also paint with soft pastels and egg tempera.