I want what every artists wants. Good design, composition, values and color, brushwork, space, edges, a story to tell, and something I am interested in painting.
Still life is my favorite thing to paint. I always start with an idea then decide on the title and the story I want to tell. I find the props, set them up with a light source, work out the composition, and make value and color studies before I begin.
What I like most about painting is starting from the beginning and building each level until it is finished. It is parallel to any endeavor or in a broader sense, to living one’s life. You start at the beginning and use concepts you know about from experience or take a chance with an idea you want to try out to see if it helps build a successful work.
When all is going well I try to stay in that parallel universe where from some inner knowing, without words, everything is perfect. It is a feeling of contentment and I can usually hold on to this emotion until I am met head on with a problem. This is where growth happens and I struggle like all artists to find the solutions.
Finishing a painting is always enjoyable not because it is done, but because I get to add the small parts that pull the work together. There is a slight sense of sadness when I finish a painting. That is why half way through the current work I start thinking about the next one, the title, story and so on.
I am a retired Art Teacher having taught for 27 years. I retired in 2007 to paint full time. My husband, Norm, is also a teacher and teaches at Saint Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas. We have five children and we live in Boerne, Texas, 25 miles north of San Antonio.
I have a BA Degree in Drawing and Painting from The University of California, San Bernardino and an MFA Degree in Painting from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland. I hold several teaching credentials and have taught Reading, ESL, Fifth Grade, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Fibers and Art History. I have taught in the public school system, in a private school, on the college level and I have given private lessons. I am primarily an oil painter and I paint narratives in a realistic style.
I am a member of the Texas Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Artists, Oil Painters of America, Associate Member, California Art Club, Out-of-State Artist, and listed in Who's Who in America.I am also the founding Artist-Teacher of Artists Who Teach. This is an on line, non-profit organization for the Artist who is also a Teacher. I started this organization in November 2007 and I now have over 526 artists listed. Go to www.artistswhoteach.org for further details.