Welcome to my Portfolio. I hope you enjoy viewing the work.
I was introduced to The Art Circle by Sherry Goodson and feel fortunate to be its newest member.
I have a BFA degree in painting from Ohio University and an MS degree in counseling from The Johns Hopkins University. For over thirty years I was an elementary and junior high art teacher/counselor, retiring with Southgate Public Schools in Southgate, Kentucky.
My desire to become an artist was reignited two years ago and influenced by a series of coincidences. In the spring of 2014, I redeemed a gift card for a manicure, my first and only. During casual conversation, the manicurist and I discovered a mutual love of creating art. She suggested I read The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. The book inspired me to turn dream into reality.
I began with an oil painting class at Baker Hunt in Covington with Stephen Jenkins. After my first session with Stephen, he left Baker Hunt. I switched to a pastel class with Marlene Steele and after a session with me, she left. Taking their departure in stride, I perused the Baker Hunt Schedule to find another teacher whose classes coincided with my schedule. I signed up for watercolor portraiture and pastels with Ken Landon Buck. Fortunately for me, Ken didnt leave.
A true artists guru, Ken inspires, encourages, and motivates his students. For those who pursue the bucket list item of being a professional artist, he shares a wealth of knowledge and experienced based tips.
I was in the Duveneck Memorial Art Show in May of 2016. Amazingly, I won the peoples choice award, vox populi. Other shows for 2016 include the Anderson Township A Fair of the Arts in September and the 2016 Kentucky Wildlife National Art Exhibit (showing Waters Edge, a pastel of a Spring Grove goose) from October through November in Henderson, Kentucky.
Over the years, I have dabbled in oils and acrylics, but now I seem to find more comfort in watercolor and pastels. Personal photos are my reference for painting. Im drawn to favorite subjects, as well as, a scene or portrait that says more than just the image itself.