I come from a very creative family. My grandmother painted in oils until she was 99, my father was an excellent woodcarver and my siblings, husband and children are artists, woodworkers and musicians. I have a degree in mathematics, taught school for several years, and music was my hobby. My husband and I played guitar and sang for church services and weddings for many years.
In November of 2005 when my youngest son was a senior in high school, I was contemplating the empty nest. I saw an advertisement for a watercolor painting class at Michaels craft store and thought it might be something fun to explore. After two hours of painting some sort of loose flower, I came home so excited because I felt like I was in kindergarten! It was so much fun!
I began taking classes and workshops, enjoying the artistic process and the social aspect of painting with other people. Like all of life, learning to paint is a journey full of success and failure, joy and frustration. Not everything turns out as we expected. But “art can be learned” and the more we work at it, the more success we will have. I believe our Creator has put a spark of creative talent in each one of us.
I enjoy painting landscapes, seascapes, and flowers. I love to see paintings come to life. One of the best lessons I am learning along the way is that enjoying the process is key. It’s only paint and paper—do your best and have fun!
My sister once told me “Being creative makes the whole world look better!”