I love art. Since I was a young girl, I have been interested in drawing and painting. When I took lessons as a child from Allen Jones in Hampton, Virginia, I was introduced to painting outdoors. We could work at easels in the large yard that overflowed with gardens and paths. I think this gave me a taste for painting on location and expressing my love of nature. As I develop technical skills, I am using those tools to find my own voice, allowing me to grow as an artist. As I told a friend lately, I want to be a real artist.
The course of my development has evolved out of small steps. Although I majored in nursing in college and have worked in that profession, I have continued to develop my artistic interests. Over the years, I have taken numerous classes in drawing, painting and figure drawing. Mentors like Mary Muller have helped to ground me in the basics. I like to be in a learning posture, so I am continually challenging myself to do something new. I experiment with different mediums like pencil, charcoal, pastels, oils and acrylics.
I am an active participant with the Saturday Sketch Club, which meets year round to paint on location in Des Moines. This discipline teaches me to be decisive and intentional as I work within a time frame in many weather conditions. One of my latest breakthroughs was figuring out a way to ride my bike to a location and paint in oils, using a collapsable easel and the back of my bike to balance my palette.
The work itself teaches me. Each step I take builds on what I’ve learned before in art and life. I think my current work has a sense of playfulness. I’m paying attention to edges and leaving areas of mystery. I’m less concerned with perfection . Although much of my work is representational, I have been experimenting with what I call “colorscapes”, studies in color relationships, texture and design. The more I paint, the more a dialogue develops between the canvas, my spirit and my Creator. A friend once told me that I paint out of my joy.
- Studied painting and drawing under Allen Jones and Barclay Sheaks in Tidewater, Virginia from age 6-13.
- In college, took drawing and painting courses at the University of Virginia.
- Continued studying art in California at Community Colleges in Fremont and Santa Barbara.
- Since 2002, participated with the Saturday Sketch Group, painting on location around Des Moines
- Since 2003, studied portraiture under Mary Muller