“When I am caught up with painting a watercolor, I feel as if I’m transported to another dimension where time often disappears and I experience pure pleasure in the truest sense of the word.” Watercolors speak to me in a profound manner, providing exciting and sometimes mystifying venues to express what I see “in my mind’s eye” as I revel in all the natural beauty surrounding us. My greatest hope is that those viewing my paintings also experience what uniquely moved me to paint the scene and come to share the passion and fascination with watercolors which are a vital part of my life. As a cancer survivor, I have learned to be very grateful for every day I have to paint.
Although my undergraduate degree was not in fine art, I was able to take several basic art classes from Sr. Helen Buening, a wonderful art professor at the Mount. Through her teaching and encouragement, I came to realize how much I truly loved art, had some success exploring different mediums, and determined to find a way to pursue art in the future. Moving to Colorado provided the chance to fulfill that desire. I was drawn to watercolors and began taking lessons from Betti Jemison, an inspiring, accomplished watercolor artist. Reading dozens of art books and magazines, taking lessons and workshops from other local and national artists, and working through the tedious trial and error method to master the techniques of watercolor painting consumed any spare time I found while raising my family. My greatest influence came from the opportunity to study with Zoltan Szabo, a well-known and respected watercolor artist and author. His intensive workshop really opened my eyes!
In Colorado I belonged to the Heritage Fine Arts Guild and served as their President for a year. I participated in juried shows, received several awards, and developed and produced a popular and successful Children’s Art Show. Returning to this area, I joined the Greater Kansas Art Assoc. and juried into Art Images Gallery in Westport. Later, I decided to pursue further education and returned to work. Through the years I continued to paint for fun and did commission work, but wasn’t able to paint on a regular basis until recently. Now I am working to re-enter the art scene with a renewed energy to make up for lost time. Lately, I’ve begun experimenting with adding acrylics and gel pen touches to my transparent watercolor compositions with exciting results!