“I was born in a rural area of Michigan. From the time I could walk, I was roaming the fields, pastures, and woodlands of my home. These childhood experiences created a love of nature that has remained with me my whole life. I also developed a love of drawing at an early age and when I wasn’t outdoors I was coloring, drawing, or making clothes for my paper dolls. As I grew older, art became my way of expressing my love of nature. I was discouraged from selecting art as a career, but I kept it as a hobby. While I raised my family I learned to paint flowers, fruit, trees, and birds with oil paint and acrylics. It wasn’t until much later, after I had retired from my career as a nurse and teacher, that I had my first pastel class. It was a life changing experience! I found that pastel was a medium with which I could both paint and draw! I fell in love.
One of the things I always keep in mind is that I am painting living things and all life has motion. People often say that my trees dance or that my paintings have a lyrical quality. My work is more contemporary, rather than traditional. There is a freedom in changing the shapes in the scene before me to fit my idea of their character within the painting. In my painting I am always working to convey that character to the viewer. People often say, ‘It looks like you had fun doing that.’ I do enjoy painting and it feeds my spirit.”