Sharing my art with the world is something that I did a long time ago – and after an extended intermission, it’s an experience that I’m coming home to a couple decades later. At this time I’m working out of my home, where I’m a single mom of three sons, I have a full-time job, lots of school shuttling and plenty of home projects as well. (Let’s just say there are art supplies everywhere, stinky boy socks and a messy home office and kitchen too.)
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I fell in love with painting at a very young age. (I was three years old in the above photo.) My earliest memories are of me using finger paints, watercolors and powdered tempura paint.
By the time I reached high school, I took every single art class that I possibly could. For a smalltown in the Midwest, we had an exceptional art program and facility with two full-time art teachers! I explored painting with acrylics and oils; printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, welding, pottery and more. I was also lucky enough to spend 6 weeks at a summer art program before my senior year of high school. By the end of that summer, I had a well-developed portfolio that earned me a 5/5 portfolio review rating and the confidence to go to art school.
After that first year of art school, I took a long, LONG pause. Let’s just say that I let my fear get in the way and regretted that for a long time.
Fast-forward just a couple decades and I’m finding my way again with a renewed passion and “knowing” that I haven’t experienced in a very long time. It’s a blessing and very different now, as finding time to create art as a single mom with a house, three kids and a full-time job is a little more challenging than when I was 18. That said, I’m excited and grateful.
If I had the studio space (and the patience to clean my brushes,) I would have oil paintings spread out everywhere. When I was younger, I loved working with oils and acrylics on larger canvases. At this time, I’m using much smaller canvases and playing with watercolor, gouache and acrylic on paper and canvas. I absolutely love photography, but currently do most of my work with my iPhone camera. I’ve discovered the joy of painting on wood and mounting photographs on wood as well. I like incorporating old into new, using wood from an old fence for example, recycled frames and any other thrift store treasures. I have some graphic design experience too, having taken a few courses and learned quite a bit on my own. (I even designed a couple magazines for an employer several years ago!) And, I’ve also started creating silk flower arrangements. Those bring a pop of color to any room and you don’t have to worry about keeping water in the jar either...
As an artist, I see “art” in almost everything. When I’m walking my dog or cross-country skiing in my favorite park, I am constantly framing photos in my mind. (Yes - sometimes I take those photos!) I notice and analyze good and not-so-awesome graphic design on billboards, mailers, logos, etc. When the light outside is “perfect” for photography, I usually can’t help myself and I comment out loud about that. (“WOW! The light is perfect right now!”) I see texture and patterns around me in construction materials. (Tile, wood and metal are good examples. A trip through a tile store with some spare time and my camera ready to go is pretty fantastic.) When I truly allow my right brain to stay open and receptive, the inspiration for my art is everywhere.