With a desire to create art, a love for nature, and an urge to travel, it was very easy for me to take the first step into what would become my current livelihood as a freelanced artist.
At the end of a carnival season, I settled down in Delaware, signed up for a woodcarving class, and quickly became an apprentice under the supervision of Bill Veasey for his waterfowl carving studio. Six months later, I received a first prize award for a Lesser Scaup decorative decoy at a woodcarving duck competition. My very first show opportunity, more than thirty years ago, came as a favor request to tend to a craft table for a friend who had conflicting obligations. I was more than glad for the chance to display my woodcarving at this local community event. When I sold a pair of Green Winged Teals, I was hooked! An artist's life was the life for me! Armed with talent, and a subscription to the Sunshine Artist magazine, I hit the road just like I had done during my years following the carnival, but this time instead of selling tickets for the rides, I was selling my art on the show circuit, participating in some prestigious art festivals and gathering awards along the way.
Ten years later, I explored watercolors and fell in love with the fluidity of the paint. The way the pigment interacted with each other on the paper never stops to fascinate me. Recently, jewelry making has become another outlet where I can express my creativity. I love to see my simple sketches come to life into three dimensional little works of art.
My work is now part of many private collections. For a complete list of my achievements, please visit my website. www.lyseanthony.com