My art career began when I was a child painting Christmas Scenes on the windows of the elementary school I attended. Always focusing on art in high school and advanced education, the places that inspired me the most were the creative classes in high school and courses I attended at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN, the Art and Design Program at the University of Kansas and mentors along the way.
While being home with three creative children, I did freelance work in textile design and graphic arts while living in South Bend, IN and Colorado Springs, CO. Most of the commissioned artwork I created were environmental textile pieces for liturgical spaces, brochures and booklets for workshops. Retirement came after years of being a teacher, freelance artist and medical social worker. It took adventures in travel that directed me to explore painting with pastels. I returned home with several pastel paintings from a tour in Provence, France. Linda Curell became my mentor and teacher as a beginner in painting with pastels. After viewing on-line demonstrations and attending workshops, I became even more passionate with the colorful, vibrant intensity of pastels.
Today when I pull out a piece of sanded pastel paper and tape up one of my photographs, I begin fresh and explore with new techniques to paint more freely.