I am open to helpful critique on any of my art, if you are so inclined! Although I enjoy getting positive feedback--who doesn't?--something of a critical nature might be more instructive!
Although born, raised & educated in the Midwest, I spent most of my life in Los Angeles, Calif. I grew up in a small town outside of Cleveland, Ohio, attended college in Indiana, & graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin with a degree in Theatre, where I concentrated in musical theatre & costume design. Throughout my life, I have been engaged in some form of the arts—drawing, designing, dancing, music, acting, writing—at times concentrating on one or the other but never leaving the others too far behind. I started designing clothes at around 9 yrs of age when I had an Elizabeth Taylor paper doll—I got bored with the paper clothes that came with it, took the doll & drew her outline on a piece of paper & started creating my own designs. I have also had a love affair with all the performance arts, studying dance, voice, acting. I spent much of my teens & 20's onstage performing in musical comedies. The “exotic” has always attracted me—when I chose a musical instrument to play, I chose the oboe, for its exotic Middle Eastern sound; when I put together a Halloween costume as a pre-teen, I created an Indian sari; when I decorate my house, it looks like the inside of a gypsy caravan. And after studying ballet & jazz for a number of yrs in my youth, I discovered my ideal genres in my early 50's—flamenco & belly dance—& in fact, I was a professional belly dancer/belly dance teacher in L.A. during the first decade of the new millennium. Of course, like most artistically-inclined folks living in the “real” world, I had to compromise to make a living—I spent many years as an administrative assistant, legal secretary, word processor, proofreader, graphic artist, waitress, etc. In the late ‘80s I went back to school & earned a Professional Certif. (summa cum laude) in Fashion Design from FIDM in L.A. Once I discovered belly dance, it was not a big stretch to start designing/making my own costumes, as well as for other dancers, which I still do to a lesser degree to this day.
I have taken many art classes throughout high school and college--mostly drawing, figure drawing, perspective; not much painting--and also used to model for figure drawing classes (yes, nude--I mean, SOMEBODY has to!). My ability to draw the human figure really improved during fashion design school, although I now tend to draw figures at least 8 heads high because that's the way it's done in fashion.
I never married but I raised a son by myself & now have a grandson as well. I moved to Georgia in ‘08, having “retired” from full-time employment, but never retiring from the arts.