I have been an artist since I picked up that first crayon and drew on my bedroom wall. It's not something I've chosen to be, it's just what I am. I sold my first commissioned portrait at 12 yrs of age. Art has provided me with both a living and a haven where I can disappear since that time.
I am primarily self taught. The internet has been wonderful for artists such as myself: it enables us to learn more about technique, media, and so much more that we would not be exposed to any other way.
I am just beginning to work again after taking a 10 year hiatus due to our daughter being diagnosed with leukemia in March 2001 at age 14; she fought it until November 27, 2005. She was a true warrior and will always be my hero. The long battle and following grief has taken an enormous toll on my husband, our son, and myself.
Now, after 5 years, I am feeling the muse returning sometimes. I know Caitlin would want me to work again as she watched me from the time she was a little girl. She loved how a painting would come to life from a blank sheet of paper.
I love the map of the human face. I do portraits of people, animals and buildings, trying to capture the 'thing', the essence that makes each an individual.
I enjoy side trips into fantasy art. Much of my work centers around the mother/child theme. It was never intentional, but I cannot seem to escape it.
My preferred media are colored pencils, watercolor and ink. I often use my colored pencils on slate, which makes them buttery and behave much differently than on paper.