At age 59, I graduated from Bowling Green State University in Dec. 2013, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing. All my life, since I was 8 years old, I dreamed of going to art school. All through grade school, I was the class artist. High School, though, was all about sports and earning my way to college. And then there was life. It wasn’t until I lost my job after 20 years at age 54, that I finally was able to accomplish my dream.
I started out at Northwest Community College with an Associate Degree in Visual Communication. I “found myself” in my first drawing class, realizing what God had meant for me to do with my life. I transferred to BGSU in Spring 2011, starting out in Graphic Design, but ending up in 2D. One of the drawing teachers told me that painting and drawing had no rules. I liked that! My art is a bit different than most, and I don’t really go by rules. I tend to improvise. I’m a “blender.” But I like to keep it as real as possible, also.
I like working with oils, acrylics, colored pencils, micron ink, and charcoal. Many of my paintings are extra, large. But I’m working on smaller ones, though. I have a series that I started in school entitled “Floral Nucleus.” I plan to create ten of these paintings to show in Atlanta next summer.
I’ve shown at the LeSo Gallery Overture Exhibitions in Toledo, OH, for three years. I’ve shown at the Fulton County Fair, receiving ribbons and Best of Show. And now I belong to the Black Swamp Art Guild. At age 63, sometimes I feel like a child just starting Kindergarten.