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My art studies began when I was very young, as an art apprentice to a very talented grandmother.

Hello and Welcome! Come in for a bit while I share a little about myself and how it relates to the artwork I create for you.

I was born and raised in the beautiful, sometimes harsh climate of northern Minnesota along the shore of the great Gitche Gumee ( Lake Superior). My father's father line were great boat builders from the Old Country, his mother line contained artists including my great aunt Inez Hill Bailey. All were people skilled with hand and eye, and so I was raised. As a young child I was content to explore the surrounding countryside and its varying creatures, draw with my pencil and pad, or quietly sit by my grandmother's side while she painted, waiting patiently for her to put down the brush…

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DeLaRenaissance
Fine Art of Nature, Legends, and Lore

About

My art studies began when I was very young, as an art apprentice to a very talented grandmother.

Hello and Welcome! Come in for a bit while I share a little about myself and how it relates to the artwork I create for you.

I was born and raised in the beautiful, sometimes harsh climate of northern Minnesota along the shore of the great Gitche Gumee ( Lake Superior). My father's father line were great boat builders from the Old Country, his mother line contained artists including my great aunt Inez Hill Bailey. All were people skilled with hand and eye, and so I was raised. As a young child I was content to explore the surrounding countryside and its varying creatures, draw with my pencil and pad, or quietly sit by my grandmother's side while she painted, waiting patiently for her to put down the brush and draw beautiful sketches of horses for me. Yes I was content, but in my 12th year I lost Grandmother. It was then all of her wonderful art treasures with the memories they contained, her easel, canvases, and a wooden case nearly overflowing with brushes and tubes of oil paints, were passed to me, thus closing the first chapter of my life.

Much time passed before I wished to explore those treasures, but one day, with the mystery of oils now before me, I gathered all my memories of Grandmother's technique, and using her palette where oils still remained as my guide, I proceeded to paint. I was immediately at ease with canvas and brush and felt an exhilarating joy that led one painting to many. By the time oils were introduced to us in high school I was well seasoned. My eyes and mind were now fully awake to art. With encouragement from family and teachers, I propelled headlong into my teens adding oil pastels, watercolors, scratchboard and woodcut printing, thrilling to the challenge of each new medium. Most of these pieces of art were sold to collectors young and old upon completion.

Much encouragement was given for me to pursue the arts beyond high school. However, that was not to be included in proceeding chapters of my life. Art was never forgotten completely, as an occasional painting, drawing, or bronze sculpture was created. One such bronze was well received in a prestigious juried art auction in Chicago, while collectors found other pieces of my art in galleries and quality museum art auctions. However marriage, traveling, raising a family and owning a business filled most of these years. All were a joy and all added to the experience of life that contributed to bettering my art.

My passion was and always has been the horse, driven early on by a desire, a dream, to be close to and own a velvet nosed equine of my own. My grandparents were kind enough to keep a lovely Welsh pony for me when I was young, but the long awaited dream of true ownership was not attained until I was 19. He was a beautiful golden dappled palomino Quarter Horse with snow-white mane and tail. Since that day we have owned, bred, raised, and trained the beautiful horses of the Arabian breed, many whom now appear as whiskery foals, gentle medieval unicorns, or the noble winged Pegasus in my art.

I truly love working with all mediums, but the present now finds me creating with my favorite, Prismacolor Pencils on bristol. I love the 'no dry time' and Prismas capabilities of producing results that are similar to oils.

My husband and I have not only grown children but grandchildren as well, and both our daughter and young granddaughter have become part of my family's artistic line. When I'm not creating artwork I am out living life gathering experiences for more art, spending time with family, helping the grandchildren paint or draw, working with the animals, tending my gardens with their ever expanding collection of irises, hostas, and lilies, studying medieval and renaissance period ironwork, and creating iron designs for my blacksmith husband.

Through my art and design I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet and talk to so many wonderful collectors and fellow artists worldwide, and truly look forward to meeting so many more! I wish to thank you all for your interest in my creations!

Thank you so much for spending this time with me. I wish you many great experiences in the wonderful world of art!

~ You can now see more of my world in my blog at ~
Chronicles of Whimsy
http://delarenaissance.blogspot.com/


* I am proud to be a member of Etsy's 'Whoa Horse Artists Group'. To view other team members' wonderful artwork please type 'whoa team' in your search box. The 'Whoa Horse Artists Group' profile containing the Etsy ID names of all authentic members may be found at: http://www.etsy.com/teams/6283/whoa-horse-artists-group

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