Literary Arts: Poet; Visual Arts: Painter, Photographer; Shadowbox, Collage
Between the ages of 1 and 3, I lived with my maternal grandparents in a one bedroom house my grandfather built in rural Southeast Texas. It was a Garden of Eden with vegetables, fruits, flowers, grapevines, bees, birds and me. This was my playground and classroom where I learned colors, shapes and shadows that changed with the time of day and the seasons. In the hot Texas sun, I often climbed on the limbs of my grandfather's fig trees and looked up to blue sky. I appreciate color, movement, spontaneity, humor, quiet understatement, invention and mastery of technique. I have been an artist since the age of four, when my stepfather, a professional artist in oil painting, taught me the use of basic art supplies.
If I live to be 100, I will never forget a time in my 20s when I stood in a Chicago museum looking up at a large John Singer Sargent painting towering over me; it was the moment I first knew that art could be powerful.
I carry a small sketchbook for notes and sketches of my vision of a finished piece for later use in my little studio. I have worked in watercolor, collage, pencil, pen, charcoal, pastel, lithograph, silkscreen, assemblage, mixed media, and now acrylic. My artwork is eclectic, whimsical and thought provoking. Originally self-taught in creating collage, watercolor and pencil, my college coursework included varied interests of art, interior design, journalism and communication. I have worked in the applied arts of interior design and floral design with my work published in magazines such as Southern Living. In addition to art, I am a published poet and a member of The American Academy of Poets.
Interior Design work and travel have taken me to Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Honolulu, Chicago, Denver, Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Santa Fe and Palm Springs. During these times, I met Johnny Mathis, Don Ho, Gloria Steinem, Charles Ward, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Greer Garson, Dr. Robert Schuller, Jack Lord, Gray Hawn, Glen Campbell, Mark Gastineau and Peter Max.
I currently live and work as a Painter in historic San Antonio Texas.