As a child in Indiana, I spent way too much time sketching my classmates and drawing on anything that didn’t move, at least some of my teachers seemed to think so. By my mid-twenties I was a passionate ceramist and taught for fourteen years.
My mural journey began in 1984 while attending a tole painting workshop. Taken by the elegance of the stunning decorative painting on the studio walls I returned home and began painting samples for presentations to interior design firms. Soon I was swept up in a creative whirlwind that took me from teaching ceramics and crafts to designing custom murals.
Like a stylish mad scientist, my curiosity and boldness ignited a love for design experiments. I taught myself to create wallpaper effects, faux finishes and the art of Trompe L’oeil. Combining the unusual with the unexpected became my passion: castles floating on water, fairies inside and on top of floating bubbles, little critters hiding in secret places and always a little bee to let onlookers know I had been there.
A move to Colorado spurred the discovery of an exquisite blend of artistic culture and some of the most beautiful country in America. The majestic Rocky Mountains, the Colorado sunsets, and the diversity of the art community became a wellspring of design inspirations.
The years I spent in Colorado blessed me with introductions to talented interior designers. My brushes have delicately touched the walls, floors, and ceilings of five-star resorts, hospitals, corporate offices, churches and hundreds of homes. The people were as beautiful as the calming, colorful Colorado landscape itself.
Georgia, my new home of choice, is closer to family and my grandsons. A new life and a new kind of beauty. I continue to find inspiration to create fine art, greeting cards and heirloom Christmas ornaments for those like myself who want to journey through life soulfully surrounded by the kind of beauty they love to take in.
My philosophy is based on my trademark bumble bee. According to scientific data, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, yet somehow it does. As a self-taught artist, I had the opportunity to take wing reaching artistic levels far beyond my expectations. The people and projects that challenged me have been the most instrumental in my artistic growth. If you always stay within your comfort zone you may never realize your capabilities . . . take a chance.