A little about myself

I have been creating art all my life, ever since I could hold a pencil. As a child, nothing excited me more than a sharp pencil and a fresh sheet of paper.  Early on I developed a real love of painting, thanks to the most incredible art teacher, and went on to graduate from the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1996.
    After taking time to raise children and gain a Masters degree in Education, I am finally able to combine my original love of painting with my new passion, teaching. Figures, landscapes, old buildings, animals, still lifes, and any other excuse to put some paint on a canvas are my inspirations. I follow no trends and no particular styles, although I tend toward realism, especially in my watercolor work.
    If I give my students anything, I hope it is the understanding that good artists are good observers. I like to spend a lot of time in that mode. If I can find something unique to communicate about my subject that otherwise would go unsaid, then I have done something worthwhile. For me, art is about a personal conversation between the subject and the artist, and the one who can appreciate what is being said.


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