“Experience Joy in Nature Reflected in Art and Wearable Art”
I live at 9000 feet in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico during May through October, and in Laguna Vista, Texas at 35 feet from November through April . My husband and I own and operate a fine art and fine craft gallery in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Cloudcroft Gallery. I paint mostly landscapes often en Plein Aire with soft pastels or oil over acrylic. I also create handmade jewelry.
Drawing and painting have always interested me. I am especially intrigued by light and how it transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. In my paintings I try to capture the magic that exists everywhere.
An outdoor sketching class after sixth grade ended with a dip into pastels and a painting that won a blue ribbon at the county fair.
Although I loved to draw I was not encouraged to make it my life's work. I got my BA degree from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas and became a sixth grade Language Arts teacher. Eventually I became a Special Education Teacher. I earned an MEd at Trinity University and became an Educational Diagnostician.
In the early 90s I took a drawing class at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas where we lived. The teacher, Del Weiding, encouraged us to develop our own style. The first class was the basics and then each class after that was labeled "advanced" and was a wonderful experience of togetherness with people who loved to draw or paint with Del encouraging with positive comments and guiding with gentle suggestions. I began experimenting with watercolor, colored pencil and pastels at that time
Workshops with Larry Blovits, Doug Dawson and Steven Napper Richard McKinley and Albert Handell have added to my art education. I continue to read and devour art magazines and art technique books. I have attended many International Association of Pastel Societies Conventions. I was pleasantly surprised to have had a painting accepted for exhibition at the Convention in Santa Fe in the summer of 1999.
Now I have also become an encourager and teacher of pastel painting.
Pastels have the immediacy and brilliant color that I love. Plus, recently I began experimenting with Abstract Realism with oils over acrylics after devouring Dan Nelson’s teaching on YouTube.
A chance demonstration at a Cloudcroft Art Society meeting turned my attention to making jewelry. I began with simple beaded necklaces and earrings and have gone on to wire wrapping and intricate wire weaving.
I believe that being a life-long learner leads to a happy and productive long life.