I don’t remember a time that I was not drawing something and, of course, coloring. My first “exhibit” was 1st grade when I drew and painted at least 40% of an entire circus that covered the 4 walls of our class room. What FUN! By the age of 13, having keen observation skills, I was drawing very detailed graphite drawings of anything I saw. I said at the age of 5, “I want to be an artist”. My parents, being the practical people they were, didn’t discourage my art but steered me toward a career that was more predictable and dependable. Thus, I spent 5 years as a legal secretary before pursuing a career in nursing that lasted 30 years, another career that required keen observation skills. I am self taught largely, but have attended workshops with internationally known and recognized artists such as Heidi England, Heather Reddick, Johnnie Liliedahl, Linda McDonald. I have also attended regular lessons with local artist Joyce Hall and workshops with Mark Horton. I have art hanging in private homes and businesses across the country and internationally. I’ve been represented in several galleries over the years. My mediums are many. I don’t limit myself to any one. I’m always ready to experiment and learn new techniques, any subject matter, any materials, and any techniques. Each medium has exciting qualities and possibilities, and I enjoy them all. I’ve produced works in graphite all my life, but since about 1995 I’ve produced works in acrylics, oils, watercolor, colored pencil, pastels, clay, wood, pyrography, and scratch art. I spent a number of years doing decorative art on children’s wall hangings and furniture, which I built in my workshop, and murals in private homes, and children and adult day care centers. I have spent the past couple of years focused on scratch art primarily, turning wooden bowls, and recently incorporating my art on my turned wooden pieces by burning my art into the wood. There’s just no end to the fun and satisfaction of learning something new. I see my artistic endeavors as a gift, not to be squandered.