I have loved to draw and paint as early as I can remember, and had a wonderful art teacher at West Phoenix High School that entered my work in many student shows. I majored in Textile Design at the University of Arizona and minored in art, teaching Home Economics and art in high school. For many years I was a juried member of Arizona Designer Craftsman. At that time Batik on silk was my medium. Just before I retired from education, I took a short workshop in pastels, and was so entranced that it became a passion. The colors and ability to redo until everything was perfect, still keeps up my joy of creating.
My first workshop was in Santa Fe with Richard McKinley, and he still influences my work. I also studied with Deborah Secor and attended every workshop I could at the last two Pastel Conventions. The Pastel Journal and McKinley’s blog have also been a great help. The “Impressionists” are my real inspiration, as is Ann Templeton.
I love creating anything and everything. I am designing quilts from some of my abstract designs, but as long as color is involved I am there. Impressionistic renditions of old trees and buildings are my first love, although running water and reflections are a close second. Lately I have been turned older, unworthy paintings into abstracts. That is just plain fun.
Wallis paper is my first choice of papers, and I have enjoyed doing water pictures on black Richeson paper. I prefer the softer pastels like Terry Ludwig’s, Sommelier and Great Americans. I have a large studio easel and French easel for plein air painting. I have easel lights, but find that my paintings are too intense when I use them during the day.
I display in my home and at many local competitions and shows. During November, I have a one women show at the Mohave Museum of Art and History. A future goal is to show in a big city gallery.
My first big award was a Best of Show at the Fountain Hills juried show in 1976. I was also an Artist in Residence at the Grand Canyon in 1978. More recently I accrued 25 points toward signature members in the Pastel Society. I have won a first and second ribbons at the Lake Havasu Juried Spring Shows and numerous firsts and Best of Show, Best of Class at the Mohave County Fairs.
As for inspiration, paint for the joy of it all, the friendships and success will follow.
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