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As an avid creator, with a particular passion for painting, I hope to share the essence and energy of what I see and experience through my work.

I majored in fine art when I was in college and then went on to pursue other avenues after graduation, mostly due to fear of making a living if I pursued art any further. I got a job and felt like I was on a path to a career then deciding I was done with painting. I sold my paintbox, easel and brushes. As the years went on I continued to create in one form or another but secretly yearned for more of that part of myself.

As my journey continued I worked, got married had a family and was pretty busy. Like most of us are. And as life would have it what I had come to know would change with the end of my marriage. While that has been one of the most painful events for me it's also been the place…

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  • Born on August 23
  • Joined June 3, 2011

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oils, acrylics

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About

As an avid creator, with a particular passion for painting, I hope to share the essence and energy of what I see and experience through my work.

I majored in fine art when I was in college and then went on to pursue other avenues after graduation, mostly due to fear of making a living if I pursued art any further. I got a job and felt like I was on a path to a career then deciding I was done with painting. I sold my paintbox, easel and brushes. As the years went on I continued to create in one form or another but secretly yearned for more of that part of myself.

As my journey continued I worked, got married had a family and was pretty busy. Like most of us are. And as life would have it what I had come to know would change with the end of my marriage. While that has been one of the most painful events for me it's also been the place from which many doors have opened. With a lot of soul searching and work I started to understand that by selling my paintbox and art supplies I gave away an important part of myself many years ago. I know now the little voice inside that was the "yearning" was there for a reason. I just needed to be ready to listen.

It' was enrolling in a simple drawing class at the local YWCA that started opening the doors. The teacher there turned out to be an art professor at the local community college who also had studio. I spent a year studying drawing with some others at her studio a few hours each week. We did everything from still lives to figure drawing from a model. Then I slowly branched back into painting starting with the basics of color mixing. I forgot how much fun this all was and how much I missed it all.

I decided to resign from a position I held for 12 years and have been focused on continuing to develop my skills as a painter since. It's a challenging but very rewarding commitment. For the first time in a long time I feel at home and like I am doing what I was meant to do. I'm meeting some wonderful people along the way. There are so many parallels for me between my life and my growth as a painter. I'm not sure where any of this may lead. I do know I need to continue and persevere with patience and practice because like with anything else that is how I learn and grow.



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