Art was not taught in my school then so I had no early formal art training, but I was surrounded by nature's great beauty and filled my subconscious with color and space. Of my special memories are the times my younger brother and I climbed the highest peak on our farm to look into three states- North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. At his time I had no idea I would ever become an artist.
I finished high school at sixteen, graduated from business college, worked in an office, married my husband of 54 years, and raised three daughters, did church and volunteer work. I went to my first art show in the fifties. From then on I knew that would be my life's passion and I began painting without any lessons. From my very first show, my work has sold well. Since that first museum viewing, I have been to many galleries and museums throughout the world and have seen many artists demonstrate their work. Also, I have read many books by other artists and have learned from each of them. I was fortunate to get to study under the late Eliot O'Hare, from whom I learned much. He is considered one of the best watercolor teachers America ever had.
Since my work sold well, I did not keep many of my early works, but recently I have made giclee prints from some of my favorites. I am pleased and flattered that my work sells so well. I hope those who purchase them will get as much joy from ownership as I have from producing the work.
Even though I am aging, I still paint, garden, arrange
flowers, sew, and work my daily crossword puzzle with a pen. But art has
always been a driving force and a very satisfying one indeed. I feel very
blessed. Thank you for reading this.