I retired 16 years ago (I retired early!!!) and as a "hobby" I decided to follow a dream. Actually how it came about, was, I was out walking with a friend and said, "I wish I could paint". She said "why don't you". I said, "because I can't". Her answer was "Better to try and fail, than to die without trying at all" So with that good advice I began my hobby which soon turned into, (my husband calls it a compulsion) my passion for painting.
I loved the look of watercolors and so, I bought paint, instruction books, paper and MUCH more. The more "stuff" you have the better you are right? Well after about long time of painting what I felt was MUD, one day I realized that I was starting to feel better about what I was doing. By then I had a closet full of art books and materials, so that must be why I was having success.
So I ventured out with my work, hesitant to call myself an artist, feeling inadequate for the lack of a formal education in art. I packed up my "stuff" and off to our Farmer's Market I went. By that time I had pretty much loaded up the walls of friends and family. If anyone said, "Oh I like that" it was theirs!!! That day at the market I sold a couple of paintings, and was approached by the owner of a Mexican Restaurant in Terrace, B.C.and she encouraged me to hang paintings in the Restaurant. I hung them on a Friday, called her on Monday, ready to pull them out, I had stressed all weekend about them, only to find I had sold 3 paintings. So I was hooked. So for 5 years, I painted and sold pretty steadily.
My husband and I love change in our lives, and once our 3 children were grown and gone, we were struck with wanderlust. So we travelled around quite a bit, putting the painting aside.
We have a condo in San Jose del Cabo, Baja, Mx, and spend our winters there. It is just a little one bedroom condo, with not much room for a "studio". I would pull out the paints periodically and have a little fun, but watercolors and Mexico just didn't seem to go together. I needed BOLD and COLORFUL and so I started working with Acrylics. After watercolors I felt as if I was cheating. You could actually make a mistake and gesso over it...sometimes, gessoing over a whole painting. And it dried so fast. Did I mention I do everything with great speed? I had found my niche. I have a passion for flowers, and although friends and family keep saying why don't you do something different, I can and I have, but I don't love it.
So I have a "little" corner of the patio with my easel set up and a table for my paints, and stuff, and I spend many days out there happily painting my flowers.