Lines have always fascinated me. As a child I drew the things in my world. Later that became cartoon characters then people I knew. A drawing pad and pencil were never far away. The bulk of my artwork was graphite. I studied for a time at the Art Institute of Chicago, but it wasn’t until I moved to Florida that I took a serious step toward painting. My husband worked for the local college and encouraged me to sign up for a class. That opened a new door to me. I was trained in oils and exposed to a number of venues. This tapped the creative reservoir in me. From that time on I became a devoted “student” experimenting with new mediums and any different approach to painting that perked my interest from books and articles I read.
My first instructor at the college taught us to make our own canvases and even to make a “shaped” canvas. These were a designed shape, other than square. That opened an interesting path for a while. My work was moving and evolving in many different ways.
When I arrived in Orlando, Florida, my current home, I was still not associated with a gallery and there was not much available at that time. When I decided to look to my artwork as a profession it seemed the only doors open were in scenic arts and murals because of the famous theme parks. I have enjoyed the experience this has afforded me. It has broadened my painting skills and enabled me to tap on the broad base of information I acquired during my personal experimental times.
The murals I have done afforded me the size of “canvas” (buildings) that I really get charged about. I love some of the larger projects that have come my way that cause my mind to begin working on it from the moment I hear it. Those challenges that start me through a mental roll-a-dex of experiences to piece together this new job.
Currently, I enjoy a good reputation and client base in my home town and am looking forward to spending time developing more avenues with my personal paintings.