Creativity is in my genes and by age 14, with the encouragement of a beloved art instructor/mentor who pushed me to excel, I knew art would always be my passion, if not career. After earning a degree in Elementary Education with an Art Minor, my attention then turned to raising a family. During those years, I best satisfied my need to create with sewing, needlework, cooking, interior decorating, and an endless list of craft projects related to homeschooling four children. But the day finally arrived—and while the dust settled in the driveway as the last college-bound child drove away, I was inside, turning a now empty bedroom into a painting studio. With much support from family and friends, I have reestablished my joyful pursuit of fine art.
I grew up in rural Missouri, along the floodplain of the Missouri river and have lived in the Ozarks for 19 years. I am a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council, the Mid-America Pastel Society and currently am President of the Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield. I have participated in pastel workshops and taken instruction at the Springfield Art Museum. My work has captured awards in local and online competitions.
It will never cease to amaze me—by placing some pastel marks on a flat surface, I watch with wonder as a three dimensional image emerges! But the act of capturing that perceived depth and color is only a fragment of what drives me. It is the work of THE Master Artist that most fascinates me. With paper and pastel, I work to imitate the boundless beauty of His created world, adding my own emotion, memories, knowledge and interpretation. Each piece I create is a celebration of the personal gift He has given me, and it’s a joyful forgery that I delight in sharing.