My style and approach to my art is constantly evolving…yet there is always a sense of what was there before in each step I take. I am definitely an intuitive painter. There are times when it seems to me that my hand and brush are working independently from what I am thinking. I sometimes stand back and think…”wow…I did…that?” The creative process is such a fun experience.
I love color…and am always amazed that without any formal training I can make it work. Many have referred to me as a colorist. I begin with pure color from the tube and any mixing I do takes place right on my canvas.
I paint with acrylics because I like the texture and body because I am messy and they clean up easily with no toxic materials. Acrylic paints also have so many lovely bright colors.
My subject matter knows no bounds. Nothing is safe from my brush. I began my career by painting frogs in colors nature never intended. Flamingos, rabbits, pigs, hamburgers, mermaids, flowers, landscapes and still life line the walls of my gallery in Amarillo, TX.
I got into art by accident. I went to my community college to learn the computer and they suggested I take a course in graphic design to learn it. I did but didn’t like the computer part so stayed and audited the art classes for a year.
The Galleries at Sunset in Amarillo TX had just been created and I quickly decided to rent a studio/gallery space and love being in a setting with so many outstanding artists. It is fun to be part of a community of over 68 artists in our working studio/gallery environment.
I have a BS in Fine Arts/Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas. Classes with Rich Nichols of Taos, New Mexico and Russian artist Emin Abassov have provided creative inspiration.
I have won awards for my art and have received many favorable reviews. I have submitted work to the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show in London. My work hangs in homes and offices both here and in Europe. I even have the distinct honor of having a piece of my work stolen. I designed the invitation for the Amarillo Symphony fundraiser Vintage Amarillo and was asked to be the Fall artist for Amarillo Little Theatre’s Fall silent auction annual fundraiser. I have also been the cover artist of Panhandle Health magazine.
My other passion besides art is working with people with intellectual disabilities. I have an adult daughter with Down syndrome who is also an artist . Emily attends the Arc of the Arts program in Austin, TX. She also likes to use bright colors and her work is very popular and sought after.
There are monthly art walks at The Galleries at Sunset the first Friday of every month. We have several thousand visitors at each one. It is always fun to share my art and hear people say how happy my art makes them. I also get many compliments on my use of color. It is my pleasure to be able to share my work and story with you on this site.