As a painter, I love creating all different types of subjects in my art, particularly spunky animals! I grew up in the woods, surrounded by the things that comfort me, the chirping of birds, the smell of pine, and the calming of the streams. I would always watch the animals from afar creating little characters and stories in my head. That carried through adulthood!
Having fun is the most important part of creating art! Learning to let your inner child’s wild imagination come to life is one of the greatest gifts we could be given.
I am a traditional painter as well as a digital painter. All of my work begins with a sketch using pen, pencil or watercolor. When creating a traditional painting, I will re-sketch the image onto my larger canvas or wood and then begin painting it using acrylic paint. I use many different size canvases or wood panels when creating, as well as many different size brushes. Sometimes I will even create solely on watercolor paper. Really it’s whatever strikes my fancy! I just play and have FUN!
If I am creating using a digital program such as Corel Painter, I will take my original sketch and scan it to my computer and finish it using a Wacom pad tablet and pen. The digital program is wonderful because it simulates traditional painting in the way that it gives me just as many options if not more. Using Corel Painter I am able to choose different brushes, paints, pens etc to create different visual textures in my work. This is a wonderful option to have when pursuing jobs as an illustrator. When I create in this medium many wonder “Where is the original?” , well in digital art, we sell in limited editions. So the first large piece printed is considered “the original” as it will have the most value.
This is what I do, who I am and what I LOVE!
Some facts about me….
I love to paint
I love to teach
I love animals
I am a mother of 3 awesome kids!
My youngest daughter has neurofibromatosis and is a huge inspiration as to how I began my journey as an artist and the art I create today!
I have too many dogs! Four to be exact!
I live near a lake
I like to sing into hairbrushes when no one is around
I like to dance in the kitchen with my kids
I used to box but now I just do it at home for fun
I sometimes play my guitar
I love chocolate, fresh berries, Italian food
I love being with kids… and feeling young!
My favorite color is quinacradone gold