I was born in Canton, Ohio in 1950. I grew up in a rural area of northeast Ohio, and was a bit of a tomboy for most of my life. I attended Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, for two years.
I am married, and now live in Mississippi, in a small town near Oxford, the home of Ole Miss. We have a special needs son, and his care takes a large portion of my time and energy. We live in the country, on 16 acres, and the yard work takes much of what is left.
I love to create, in order to unwind and unstress; whether it is poetry, web design, or painting; the creative process feeds my inner soul. I also love to read, have coffee with close friends, listen to oldies music, and play on my pc.
My artistic endeavors began with pencil and charcoal drawings as teenager; in 1999 I began to do graphics work, and then digital art. My daughter challenged me a few years ago to try painting with a brush, but with my busy life, and a touch of procrastination, I put off her challenge. However, when I finally took up the brush and her challenge, I found that I have not been able to lay it down.
I see so much around me that is unique, from a snowflake to the smile of a child, and there are so many feelings in my soul, from joy to despair; all of it there to be shown to and shared with others, so that we can see that which makes us all human, and discover that none of us is alone.
There are three quotes that speak strongly to me about what I do, and why I do it:
"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better." ~Andre Gide
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~Pablo Picasso
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be." ~Abraham Maslow