Here's a little bit about me...
I've been a 'creative' since my earliest memories, often making things to keep myself busy and entertained. So, it was natural for me to choose a creative profession.
I started my career in the United States Air Force Reserve and trained as a Graphic Designer. It was at that same time I attended college and started my business painting window storefronts. Over the years, this evolved into painting signs, theater backdrops, murals, hand painted furniture and fine art panels.
Several years ago, I was invited to give a painting class for a fundraiser. It was a success in more ways than one. We raised funds and I realized that the painting process I had developed over the years for myself worked great for beginners!
I also discovered that I thoroughly enjoy being that first step in others' artistic journeys, helping my students grow and develop their own process and style is a very rewarding experience. I sought out other opportunities to share my knowledge and soon began teaching at more venues.
Then the 2020 pandemic hit.
All my classes were postponed and rather than close that part of my business, with encouragement from my students, I learned how to teach virtually.
Even though I prefer a 'real classroom', teaching online has its' advantages -- I often paint with my house slippers on and my cats snoozing close by.
I paint landscapes, still life, florals, seascapes and animals, using photographs as references, and also enjoy painting on location when the weather cooperates.
Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest gives me endless inspiration for my art.
I also enjoy hiking, photography, crafting, reading, calligraphy and an occasional binge on a Netflix series. I consider myself a life-long learner, constantly honing my skills and experimenting with techniques and materials to liven my work and keep it fresh all the while inspiring my students to do the same.
I firmly believe that if you want to paint, you can!
And I'd love to come along side you (virtually) and show you how.
Visit me on YouTube for regular practice tutorials and other information about painting with acrylics.
You can also find me on Skillshare.
I look forward to seeing you,