My interest in the arts is long and rich. It started with my wonderful Uncle Roy who was a magnificent sculptor. His preferred medium was bronze, but he created some marvelous porcelain vases and busts. Sadly, most of his works were destroyed by his second wife.
Uncle Roy was so entertaining when he was preparing to start a sculpture (not sure if it was for my benefit or this was how he got started). He would take a pencil in both hands and begin to draw his ideas with both hands (each hand drawing half of the rendition). I was fascinated and wanted to do this too (what a laugh). He taught me to draw, however I only use one hand at a time. From there I migrated to watercolors, not happy with this. Then I was on to oils.
Eva Zeitz took me in hand as a very young child (6 or 7) and had me over painting in her studio. (She lived across the street and was fast friends with my Grandmother). She was a great inspiration to me and encouraged me to create and expand my own style. She willed all her brushes, paints and canvases to me. It was a wonderful legacy for me to inherit at the age of 12.
After this I pretty much was a self-taught painter and was fairly prolific until my marriage in 1975. During my childhood and teens, I also created LOTS of embroidered items and tatted items. Most of which were given away as presents. I have entered many original art and embroidered in the various County Fairs in California and won numerous awards. During my marriage, I owned a custom clothing company as well as a ski wear company where I designed all the styles. During the years 1980 to 1989 I exclusively provided custom clothing for June Allyson. I also created and designed custom equestrian apparel from 1980 to 1997.
Now I concentrate on Acrylic Paintings, and Pine Needle Baskets. I prefer the pine needle baskets and items that I have painted on various pieces of barnwood and gourds. I like the pine needle baskets as the raw materials speak to me and I can pick them up locally as well as at the coast. The only items I buy for my baskets are the stone beads, metal beads, arrowheads, and the sinew type thread, everything else is provided by nature. My Acrylic Paintings on Barnwood are unique and really speak to the artist in me with the great texture that is achieved with the paint on the Barnwood.
Preferred Media: fiber, mixedmedia, painting, sculpture, other