After many years of advertising and children's book illustration (samples of which now can be found only on Amazon), I began this blog in 2007 to showcase small "weekly" paintings sold on eBay. Because illustration work and family responsibilities prevented me from painting regularly, it shortly evolved--or degenerated--to document my progress from illustrator to painter, realist to "more impressionistic realist." Although illustration or painting consistently has been my focus, being a mom has been has been my overriding priority for the past 21 years. As my tenure in that capacity ends (though with periodic lapses!), I continue to develop my new identity as a painter.
"Talent is cheap; dedication . . . will cost you your life" --Irving Stone
"Jump first, fear later" --Mike Yaconelli
"... paintings are things in the physical world, made out of colored mud smeared on a piece of cloth or a piece of board, with a stick with hairs on the end. They have a particular address to your body, and none of this comes across in the computer image." --Robert Hughes, art critic
A Couple of Friends and A Few Others Who Have Taught and/or inspired me