I began drawing in girl scouts at about 9 years old. My first “real” drawing was of a cat. My mom still has it. My parents encouraged me to do realistic drawings. In high school I had a wonderful teacher, Mr. Allegretti, who pushed me beyond my perceived limits. He introduced me to painting, sculpting, and metal smithing.
In college I took an art minor, studying figure drawing, painting, and metal smithing (jewelry making only more so). During that time I had the opportunity to spend 3 months at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Poznan, Poland studying fabric arts, painting, and art history. Once I married and had children my focus changed. It took me years to slowly pick up my pencil and paints again. A drawing here, a painting there, a pastel drawing over there.
Once I got back on track it took a lot of God stuff to get me past my own fears. A few years ago I started doing commissioned paintings. One of these was a house painting which caught on among friends and neighbors who liked the idea of a watercolor painting of their house. I have had quite a few commissions for art work including decorative art to match a living room, numerous house paintings including a huge refinished Victorian painted lady, and plenty of portraits of children. I work mainly in watercolor but have experience in (and love) oil though due to rheumatoid Arthritis I no longer work with oils. I do not work in acrylic.
Most recently I have taken on doing a more illustrative style which I call doodles which are similar to my watercolor portraits but quicker, simplified versions.