I am a fearless alcohol ink and mixed media artist who loves to experiment. Time to experiment and play has brought joy and wonder into my life.
I encourage that in my art classes with my students. Alcohol inks have a mind of their own. Sometimes they cooperate, and sometimes the painting takes an entirely different turn from where it started.
I empower my students to find their inner child and play and create. My goal for all of my students is to teach them a variety of techniques that they can use to create their own, unique art. And, I haven't had a student yet who leaves not loving a piece of art work that they created!
More About My Life
Funny, I didn't really do much art as a kid. But, Mom had beautiful perennial gardens. Ok, weeding wasn't my favorite chore, but I always delighted in the colors, shapes, and textures in her garden.
That love has stayed with me and is now expressed in my own gardens and in my art.
I learned early in life that I loved music, sang and played guitar. And, I was and still am a voracious reader.
My husband, Charlie, is now a photographer with his own business.
Charlie and I raised a wonderful son, Jason, who is an exceptionally talented tattoo artist in New York.
Most of my adult life has been spent working as a human resources leader in the hospital and healthcare industry. That work requires I use my left brain, and while highly rewarding it comes with high stress. About 10 years ago, needing to find a healthy outlet, I found art.
I started painting with acrylics and creating mixed media pieces. I am self taught - lots of art books and you tube.
Then I discovered alcohol inks about 6 years ago by coming across a Facebook posts by Karen Walker and June Rollins.
I studied with both of them via on line courses, eventually coming into my own style.
I later took courses with Sandy Sandy, Alexis Bonavitacola and Francine Dufour and Terri Jones. Hooked on inks, it is the primary medium I paint with today.
I still use acrylics, have ventured into encaustics and Pebeo and work to incorporate that with the ink in mixed media pieces.
A little over two years ago, I met a wonderful artist in my new hometown of Mount Dora, Bev Neal, and a new part of my life's journey began. She gave me an opportunity to have gallery space, launched me to the community during an art-walk,
and has been an avid cheerleader and advisor ever since. Bev kept asking, "Why don't you try to teach classes?"
Finally convinced to try, I started teaching my own unique style and holding weekly art classes. I found I love to teach and find a lot of fulfillment in this.
One of my favorites Quotes to live by:
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My Main Support
My business would not be successful without the support of Charles, my husband of 38 years.