Yes, My Name Is Spelled
It’s A Funny Story For Another Time.
I have a lifetime filled with artistic expression that began as I learned to read. I loved drawing characters from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. I would fill pages with drawings of cartoons such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Although my mature artwork is much different, however my desire for happiness and joy remain in my work.
I love positive energy in art and color. The urge to add color in each of my pieces may stem from the sepia-toned memories of my youth in West Texas. There wasn’t a lot of color in the dry, rugged landscape that I grew up in. It also stems from my desire to keep my paintings energetic and inspiring.
As an only child, I grew up to be highly independent. This is reflected in my first formal attempt at becoming an artist when I was 12 years old. After seeing a television commercial advertising an art university, I decided to apply. I submitted her drawings and was accepted. When I divulged my plans to my mother, I learned I wasn’t old enough to attend. Despite this truth, the experience and hope of art school cemented my identity as an artist.
Although I never stopped being an artist, I had to pause my dreams due to the pressure to have “real work” and earn a steady income. During my mother’s passing in 2008, everything changed. Lovingly, my mother’s last words, “I want you to promise me you will sell your businesses and get back to your painting. I am sorry I did not take your art seriously.” Those words helped make it easier to let the businesses go and return to the easel.
I paint daily, either in my studio or while I travel in my RV around the US. It’s an experience in itself, as you will be able to enter an imaginative world with your own experiences mixed with mine. My artworks are joyful, which is my intention; full of light and delight because I like “happy”.
One of my series called Dreamscapes, is a collection of impressionistic paintings that combine humor and whimsy that “capture the imagination” through narratives, color and experiences. I like to use old black and white photos from the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, as a basis for the story line/painting and then compose a story of my own. I cross the boundary between fact and fiction effortlessly. As a diverse artist, I do have a more serious side to my painting. Jokingly, I call my En Plein Air painting (landscapes) my “outdoor studio” and my “indoor studio” for creating my still-life’s. Having these different outlets (or genres) allow me to explore and share my art with different audiences. However, I will say that when I began studying still life about 2 years ago, I found a real passion for them and probably spend more time painting them than the others…at least for now, LOL!
I live and work in the DFW area where my husband and I raise one of our young grandsons. I actually homeschool him due to ADHD and his learning disabilities. It’s a challenge to handle it all but rewarding, as well. Life is good; and as Walt Disney said, “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever!”
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