up on a farm in the middle of Missouri with six
siblings, I had little exposure to art and
painting. However, after high school I attended Central
Missouri State University acquiring a degree in
art, or what would now be called graphic design.
with all of the design classes, I was
exposed to a variety of art mediums, methods, and
styles. It offered the opportunity to study
about other artists and to explore my strengths and
weaknesses as an artist. I found myself
drawn to the speed of expression and the flexibility
of pastels and acrylic paints, which I
continued to explore after graduating.
art did not offer the creative experience I desired,
so I continued taking
art classes and workshops to fill my need for more
creativity. When I
was laid off from my job and suffered a stroke, it
left me thinking that if I was ever going to create
art and show it to the public, now was the time
because I was not guaranteed tomorrow. I applied
for and was accepted into a coop gallery and
began creating and displaying my work. It was so
frightening and at the same time so exciting to
hear peoples' reactions to my artwork.
was beside myself the first time I actually sold
of artwork. Sales were slow, but as I
grew and began finding my artistic voice, my sales
and confidence increased. I began participating in
other shows and groups, until eventually I left
the coop gallery and began showing in more galleries
and art venues.
begin very intuitively, with me knowing very little
about the final outcome. Using fluid
acrylics which are poured, dripped, thrown, and spread
onto the canvas, the colors are allowed
to blend and begin to form a composition. This composition
is developed further by tipping and
rotating the canvas to enable additional paint movement
and blending. I also use a variety of
unconventional tools such as hairdryers, kitchen
utensils, combs, straws, squeegees, or
whatever I can find to bring energy and balance
to the finished piece.
My inspiration comes from watching the paints blend
and take on a life of their own before my very
eyes. The creation process is at the same time very
meditative and invigorating.