My love for art began as far back as I can remember. I picked up my first “How to Draw” book at a local Hardware store I just happened to be at while tagging along with my dad. I came straight home, opened that book, and opened a window into a world that would become my passion. With the help of that first simple book, I taught myself to draw. I enjoyed drawing so much, that I decided I could also teach myself to paint. From that day on, I basically spent any free time I had, with a paint brush in my hand and my imagination on a canvas.
So most of my child hood was spent dabbling in many different medias, and perfecting my own unique style.
I took a couple of art classes throughout my high school years, but did not continue into my higher education, as I was told many times, that there were not many jobs in that field, and it would be a waste of time to pursue a career in art. So I listened. I put my art on the back burner for many years.
With such a passion for art, I couldn't leave it too far behind, and no matter what other paths my life took, I always continued to paint in my spare time, and gave away countless paintings to friends and family members.
During this time, while working as a picture framer at an art Gallery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I brought in one of my paintings to be framed, and my boss talked me into hanging it in the gallery to see if it would sell. To my surprise it sold very quickly, and at that point, I decided it was time to take my artwork a little more seriously.
From that point on, I never put my brush down. That was about 30 years ago.
In searching for my niche in the very competitive art world, I came across a piece of old roofing slate, and decided to try painting on it. I got such an overwhelming response from friends and family, that I thought I would enter a local art show, and try my hand at selling my slates.
That was in 1989. I haven't stopped since, and as they say, “The rest is history”. My dream became a reality. I have now spent the passed 20 plus years perfecting my craft, selling my slates, and other artwork, on line, at local art shows, and at several garden and gift shops in the area, such as Grandma's Gardens, and The Secret Garden. Recently, I have been fortunate to realize another lifelong dream. I am able to share my passion for art with others through teaching classes at the Miamisburg Senior Center. I am very grateful for this opportunity. It is my pleasure to be able to share my love for art with all the wonderful, enthusiastic students I have come to know, and continue to meet through this program. I truly enjoy being able to watch each and every one of them flourish, create their own amazing works of art, and hopefully acquire a love for art as well.
I hope to continue to live this dream for many years to come!
My passion is art, and art is my passion!...I live each and every day embracing the beauty of the world around me, and strive to capture that beauty through my artwork. It is my hope that I accomplish this in various ways, with a paint brush and my imagination....and that my artwork is appreciated and enjoyed by many.