After moving to the Chattanooga area in 2011 due to my husband's job, I found the art community I desired, and Sandra Washburn became my mentor. After studying the techniques she teaches for mixed media acrylic art over several years, I began showing my work in local venues, and in 2016, I became a member of In-Town Gallery. I am also a founding member of Mixed Media Inspired Artists (MMIA), a group of local artists that share the same joy of mixed media and experimental art.
As a child, I spent many hours in front of paintings at museums. My parents were great admirers of the masters and we enjoyed many of their works at The Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio. What I didn't appreciate then, I certainly do now and try to visit museums regularly especially when traveling.
My father began painting in his 40's. He painted in oils, mostly figurative work. He gathered other artists to our house and encouraged me to participate. He is in his late 80's now and still creates. I hope to see him in my art, although to my dismay, I lack his beautiful brushwork. He inspires me with his curiosity, love of learning and zest for life.