I am a mixed media artist. Sometimes I think that means I lack the discipline to limit my interests or my focus to one single media. But the truth is that my curiosity and passion for art crosses all kinds of boundaries and takes many forms.
There was this single moment in time - when the visual fine arts thing really started to take hold of me. I remember exactly how I felt and where I was. I was well into the middle years of my life, and exploring the downtown area of Paso Robles California. It was a glorious day! My family and I were doing the winery thing but I decided to break away from them and visit a few art galleries. In one particular gallery an artist was working on an encaustic mixed media piece. I was not familiar with wax, as a medium, and was fascinated. She invited me to come closer and watch her work for a while. Well, I tell you, it blew me away! I was so inspired by her passion and creativity that I could hardly contain myself. She was so generous in her spirit and with her time that afternoon. The whole experience opened my eyes to art in a way I had never known before. I had always thought of visual art as more or less a personal experience. One experience for the creator and another for the viewer. Until then, I had never really understood that art could also act as a bridge, spanning between people, bringing ideas and cultures together, in the best way. In a way that only our souls can really understand.
I have always been creative. In my earlier life, I was a ballet dancer. So I became well versed in the performer-audience connection. Later, I studied and became certified as a floral designer, which enhanced my love for flowers and understanding of design, composition and color. But now, deeper into my life journey, visual arts have captured my full on attention. I am grateful to have been taught by some wonderful artists, many who remain my friends, and to all who I am eternally grateful for sharing themselves with me.
My art journey has opened my eyes more fully to Gods glory. Each day I am reminded that all our talents are gifts from above and are meant to be shared. Just as the artist in Paso Robles, and all my teachers have shared themselves with me, it is my humble desire that my art may touch your heart, or enrich your life also.
I am a native to north Florida in the United States and am blessed to live in a rural community. I am surrounded by nature and enjoy it with my husband, whom I adore.