I was a gardener before I was a painter. I was a mother, a teacher, a psychologist, too.
My interest in people can be seen in the portraits I do. My interest in nature and its protection shows in my botanicals, landscapes and animals.
I'm an observer, I notice my surroundings. That results in photographs taken every day, in my garden, my neighbors' gardens, in the parking lot at the grocery store and everywhere I go.
The way the sunlight falls on some leaves or the color of the sky when the sun starts to set are beautiful to me, and make me happy. As a teacher, observing my students helped me to know them, appreciating their differences and uniqueness. Children's portraits were the beginning of sharing my art with others.
Watercolors have been full of life lessons for me. I have learned to have more patience, to let things go, be in the moment, try new things, and push my comfort boundaries. A hard one for me was to put myself out there, letting myself be vulnerable. I can learn the skills I need, enhancing and using my gifts, because there's only one of me. Someone needs the gift or message that only I have to give, so there's a reason for my gift.
I went through a period of wondering if the world really needed another painter of flowers! I learned that my expression is unique and valuable, and people appreciate what I do.
I start my paintings with a drawing that details edges of shapes to show the twists and turns in leaves and petals. As I layer colors in my own "lively" way some precision disappears and it develops a certain level of energy that is perfectly imperfect.
I paint because it brings me joy and peace. It's a wonderful way to share with others the things that I think are important.