Before the age of 50, I had never so much as picked up a paintbrush. Encouraged by my mother, a terrific artist, to begin painting, I reluctantly gave it a go and was immediately hooked. Having never had the opportunity to attend art school, I became immersed in an ongoing process of teaching myself the fundamentals of art. It helped immensely that I was able to attend a half dozen week-long workshops given by the best artists in the country.
I paint in both oil and pastel. My favorite subjects are vintage items gathered from my mother's home and borrowed from friends. Treasures such as abandoned toys and everyday
objects have a special fascination for me, and many of my collectors purchase them for the fond memories they invoke. I'm also drawn to detail, especially in well-worn objects, and actually strive to enhance what others can see as flaws.
When I first began painting, we had just downsized considerably to a much smaller home with empty walls, and my first few years were spent filling those walls. Once that was accomplished, I looked into selling my paintings.
I have always been active in volunteering with non-profits in town, and want very much to support them. This led to my decision to donate all my proceeds (not just my profit) to my favorite charity which very effectively serves at-risk and impoverished youth in the inner city of Spokane.