When I was younger, I dreamed of being an artist. In elementary school, I won 1st and 2nd place in a class art show. Then in high school, my art teacher submitted a black and white linoleum print of mine that got published in a book of up and coming high school artists. So there wasn't any doubt that I would major in fine art in college. However, at the strong suggestion of my mother, so that I might find myself a job, I switched my major to graphic design. The first year of college, I managed to take some 101 classes in pottery, printmaking, drawing and basic design. Then, within the next year, I found a full time job with an advertsing company so I quit school thinking this would be like an apprenticeship. I worked in advertising for 13 years as a graphic artist, working my way through the different divisions, before deciding to become a stay home mom for my two daughters.
Being home with my girls was a great joy, and it allowed time to be creative in many ways. I learned to sew, knit, crochet and cross stitch. In 1991 I created a Christmas ornament and won a fully decorated designer tree. I faux finished walls for my home and for others, even creating my own wall stamps and stencils when I couldn't find what I wanted or needed. I began floral arranging for my own decor and then started a business called Blooming Designs and created silk arrangements for banquets, gift shops and a furniture store.
Then in 1998, our family moved from Buffalo, NY to Mesa, AZ. It took a little while to get settled in and familiarize ourselves with the area. After my girls had grown up a little, I opened a small gift shop and I got to be creative again. Yet one of my favorite things to do was to go to the outdoor fairs around town. I was so excited to see all the fine art at the shows. I longed to be around art. Then one day by chance in 2009, I was offered a job as an artist assistant for studio shows. After closing my store a few years later, I added working for the AZ Fine Art Expo hosting over 120 artist studios. Surrounding myself with fine art and artists fed my creativity needs. This made me feel content.
Never taking a painting class before, I jumped at the chance when the opportunity arose. It was during these classes, that my true passion to be an artist would be reignited again. I began to learn the challenges of transparent watercolor and experience the fascination of mixing the buttery oils. Since I once was a floral designer, my interest and focus is painting florals and nature. I love to observe the soft curves of the petals and the rigid edges of a leaf... along with the play of light and shadows on the subject achieveing these with layers of shapes and colors.
Then one day, I saw a quote... "Note to self: You are not too old and it is not too late". I thought maybe the time is now to focus on art and to become the artists I've always wanted to be. Basically self-taught as with most things I do, I accepted the challenge for myself and with encouragement from my husband, my daughters and artist friends, I joined the Sonoran Arts League in September 2019. I have been painting as much as I can to discover myself and develop a style. I didn't realize how much of 'me' would go into each painting. When my artwork is sold, I feel like a deep part of me is going along with each piece. I wouldn't have it any other way.