Relevant Experience: About 15 years ago, while attending a local community art fair, I happened upon an extraordinarily beautiful piece of art, a vibrant painting of fall trees done in pastel. Eventually, I was fortunate enough to take an introductory class in pastel painting from the actual artist, M. Kay Hurley, and I was hooked!
Since then, I have taken many pastel classes and workshops taught by accomplished pastelists, including Ray Hassard, Loriann Signori, Beverly Kies, and Barbara Jaenicke. I'm a member of the Appalachian Pastel Society and participates in their non-juried shows, and I teach at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
I am currently retired from two careers: as a registered nurse and as a high school biology teacher.
Fun Creative Memory: I still remember when I created the first painting that I knew was good! After so much hard work, this one came easily, and, yet, I sensed it was special. I stood back to appraise my efforts and thought, wow, this is an elegant piece of art, simple, and personal. This is my voice, this is my song. It brought me such joy!
What Makes Her Heart Sing: It’s absolute magic to pick up sticks of pigment and a piece of paper and create a painting! My favorite way to paint today is plein air. I love to be outside on a beautiful morning, accompanied by the sounds of birds singing, soft-shifting light, and the beauty of the natural world.