He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist
~Francis of Assisi
My life long career and education was in the field of music. I spent many years trying to sharpen my skill of singing, piano playing, sight reading music, and learning about music history while inspiring young people to love music as I did.
From a young age, art always inspired me and at the end of my music teaching, I began pursuing art classes. I soon discovered composing art requires developing a lot of new skills but the most challenging element was how to communicate creative thought on canvas. I knew what I wanted but lacked skills such as prospective, color, value, composition. I perfected my music skills for fifty years but probably don’t have that many years for art, so I better hurry.
My Husband, James, farms in “Western Oklahoma” and it was on our farm north of Custer City where we raised our three children. We now are the proud grandparents of 7.
Our countryside is over flowing with beautiful landscapes and sunsets. As a child, I spent many years driving a tractor and developing a keen appreciation for the beauty of the crops of wheat, cotton and livestock. The challenge comes when trying to paint landscapes that evoke the emotion I feel to the person viewing my art. Old barns are disappearing and I love to preserve them with an impressionistic style. Landscapes and clouds are the diamonds and pearls which surround us. Music is the color of sound and nature is my color for painting. It thrills me to try to compose a meaningful painting but I sadly never tried to compose a song. It’s never too late!!!