My past as an artist began very early. My mother was an artist and she felt I should have my first set of oil paints at age 10. I was "old enough" and I wouldn't hurt myself with the chemicals (turp, linseed oil, etc.). My gratitude goes out to my mom, most of all, because of her endless encouragement about my work. If not for her, I would not be an artist!
I've experimented with other media as well, diving into jewelry making and sculpture with heartfelt enthusiasm. Both still share a special space in my life for expression. While I do have some years of formal education in art starting in high school (for specific subjects), I consider myself mostly self taught. For many years, my work was on hiatus as I pursued a full time career in Alternative Health counseling, and Spa/Paramedical Aesthetics and practice management. That was all to "begin the ending" in 2006, and my creative expression given a full time presence in my life totally.. in 2008. Since that time of transition in my work, I dedicate at least 30 hr. per week to painting, usually much more than that if I can.