Born in Manhassett, NY, raised in Toronto, Canada and living in Dallas, TX for 35 years, I easily consider myself a local Dallas artist.
My first masterpiece was a mural done on the ceiling and wall leading to the downstairs from my upstairs bedroom.
I was about 6 years old, and the medium I'd used was a set of Crayola crayons. My dad was unimpressed with my brilliance, and hoped that I would learn typing and become something useful like a secretary when I grew up. My mother recognized something unique in me and bought me more crayons, sketch pads and coloring books. Being inspired by books, music, the world around me and the world within my imagination, I always found comfort and solace in drawing.
Without a high school diploma or college education, I began my career in advertising by showing an ability, talent and willingness to learn. I was also blessed with mentors and people who 'saw' something in me, guiding and teaching me along the way. I started my career path as a night-shift Production Artist, and evolved in the corporate world with titles of Illustrator, Designer, Sr. Art Director and finishing my advertising career with Creative Director. At 58 years old I knew that my relationship with the corporate world was over. During my career, my hand skills were utilized doing fashion illustration, calligraphy and line art illustrations for various publications, however, my personal creativity had taken more and more of a back seat the higher I climbed the corporate ladder.
Now that the cloud of corporate stress is no longer looming over me, and I have the gift of time, my creative imagination has
been ignited. In the murky space between sleep and wakefulness, images, colors, patterns and visual stories present themselves to me. I keep a sketch pad by my bedside to capture these ideas before drifting in to sleep.
The medium I have been most comfortable working with is ink and Prisma colored pencils using a wash of turpentine to blend and enhance the color. These new ideas though, they required a different medium to capture the dream-scape these visuals present to me. In late 2015 I took a 6 week oil painting class. With its long dry time, painting in oil allows me to make changes and explore a broader depth in creativity.
Much of my work is influenced by animals, especially the iguanas I've had as pets. Their colorful, varied and unusual spikes and armor frequently find a place in my art. The deep spiritual connection I have with nature, the Earth, Moon, and the mystery of life and death has become a theme in many of my paintings as well. These are the images I 'see' in that murky space.
I've been a member of the SLANT Artist Coop since October 2015, we are presently located at the Goldmark Cultural Center located at 13999 Goldmark Ave. in Dallas. We are a group of talented women, with a mission to support and lift up local artists. In addition to being a SLANT member, I've been a member of the Visual Arts League of Allen (VALA) since June, 2017.
My art has been shown at Galleries at Midtown at Valley View, The Blue House Too Gallery in Allen TX, Cafe Ismir in Dallas TX, the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, the Texas Visual Arts Association and the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, TX.