As far back as I can remember, I've always been interested in art. When I was a child, my grandfather made an easel for my poster paints. My grandmother was an artist, but died before I was old enough to learn from her. I grew up in a musical family and was involved in playing flute and piccolo through school, college, and beyond. I attended Seattle Pacific University and received a BS in Nursing and stayed involved in the field of nursing for over 30 years. Marriage and functioning as a working mom with three children gave me little time to pursue my interest in watercolor. It was one of those things on the "back burner" that I planned to tackle once my children left home. About a year before my youngest child was to graduate from high school I took my first watercolor class. From that point on I embraced the world of watercolor and read magazines, art books, took workshops, and watched demos on tape. I am also involved in a Tuesday morning painting group of about a dozen people who are the most wonderful painting buddies. They are kind but honest with their critiques. There is a huge depth of art knowledge to draw from and I feel so fortunate to have them for a resource.
My favorite subjects are flowers, but I enjoy painting fruit and vegetables too. I've done a few landscapes, a couple of Still Life paintings, a few animals, and four children paintings. I now have eight grandchildren and plan to try and paint each one at some point! I like detail, light, color, and contrast. A fresh piece of watercolor paper that is waiting for its first application of paint is my favorite part of the process. About three quarter's the way through I get ancy to finish and start something new. Due to the detail of my paintings, my process is somewhat slow.
Another aspect of my painting that started several years ago is my "Noodle Doodles", or as another artist called it "artistic expressions". These are done with watercolor and ink. They are a bit like Zentangles, but a little different. I call them Noodle Doodles because it is my "Noodle (brain)" doodling. I never know what will happen before I start doodling. My creative juices start to flow and the next thing I know I have a Noodle Doodle! They are a lot of fun to do.
I am currently co-president of the Wenatchee Watercolor Society and a member of the Two Rivers Art Gallery in town. I was featured artist for the month of September 2014 and had a wonderful reception with lots of sales. I did the art poster for the 2015 Apple Blossom Festival that is held annually in May. I also did the 2016 art poster for Pybus Market. Cards are available at Ridgeline graphics/McDee's Art Center, Full Bloom flower shop at Pybus Market, Two Rivers Art Gallery (along with original work), and the Wild Huckleberry Botique that is below the restaurant.
I hope you enjoy my work!