I have always loved and needed to create. For many years, there was little time to do much more than share my sense of the beauty in the world with my children, as my father had done with me.
There is so much around us all that is unique, from a snowflake to the smile of a child, from a fallen leaf to the age lines that map life on each face. There are so many emotions, from joy to despair, inside of us all; some on the surface, and some deep within our souls. They are there so that we can see that which make us human, and discover that none of us is alone.
When I began to paint, I found that it met the needs of my creativity, and fed my soul. It helped me to relax and brought a sense of calm and peace into my life. It gave me a chance to capture those special moments in time; which are important to me.
I use acrylics because, for me, their versatility allows me to enjoy the best of all worlds; they can be used similarly to watercolors, or painted with the impasto method, they are similar to oils, without the lengthy drying time. I love the textures you can get from them, and the colors are amazing. A large part of my creativity is centered on color.
I have been told that the happiness that I paint with radiates from my work; I hope this is true, because I do know that I am happy while I am painting. There is such a sense of wonder, at being able to put just a touch of beauty and emotion onto a canvas, whether it is from reality, or just pure imagination.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~ Picasso