I am a self taught 61 year old artist. Growing up in Southern California, I was fortunate to having some wonderful art teachers during my school years. I put my art aside during my early adult years to pursue married life and a career. Finally in my early 30’s I was able to discontinue working and picked my art back up. I’ve always loved drawing and painting animals. I began doing pastel portraits of my dogs. I thought, “Hey, these aren’t too bad!” I took these pastel portraits to my local Veterinarian’s office and asked if I could hang them for advertisement purposes. They were thrilled to have some art work to hang on their walls. I began receiving commissions immediately. Clients asked if I could do people.
Well….I really wasn’t sure but I thought if I could do animals why couldn’t I do people? So to my astonishment, my first commissioned people portrait turned out quite nice. This began my career of portraiture paintings.
I work in Pastels and Oils. My pastels are done on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.
And my Oil paintings are done on stretched canvas.
“Wow!” Not only did I make “Most Popular” with my “Bird In A Tree” in Contemporary Pastel Painters group, but it also made the featured section! And “I” made Featured Member! Thanks to all! You’ve made my day!