Artist Statement

I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up (I know, it's a relative term).

When I was in school, most of my friends wanted to be teachers or nurses. Those options never sounded very appealing to me. I do like to teach, but not as a career. I did enjoy the art classes that the schools provided, but I wasn't very good at drawing or painting. I did like doing 'scribble' pictures, though.

I enjoyed doing home crafts such as crocheting, knitting, counted cross stitch and cooking. I thrived on these hobbies when my children were small. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment to be able to decorate my home with all this 'hand made' stuff.

To some of you, this may sound totally nerdy, but this was in the late '70's - early '80's. It was the 'in' thing to do when you start a new family and have a new home.

When I graduated, I immediately started working in an office. I worked in offices until my children were born.

After they started attending school full time, I returned to office work. I hated it. Some of the offices had no windows to even know what the weather was like. Then there's that good ol' office politics thing.

I tried to stay away from that as much as possible. I do remember that between 9:30 -10:00am, everyday, we would start discussing, where we would go to lunch. Sounds exciting, doesn't it.

I've done everything that could possibly be done in an office......accounts payable, accounts receivable, personnel, payroll, purchasing agent, receptionist, office manager, secretary (hated that one the most).

During all those years, I had no exposure to computers or very little. Not enough to mention. I didn't have a desire to learn how to use one. I didn't even know how to turn one on!

Then one day, my fears were becoming a reality. I applied for a position that required knowledge of the dreaded computer! I informed my potential employer that I had absolutely no knowledge of using computers. He said that it was fine, I would be able to learn quickly. I thought, well, if he's willing to hire me, why not!

The first day of employment, changed my life's direction. He showed me where my desk was and sat me down. There, right in front of my face was that computer. I told myself not to be nervous. If it doesn't work, there's always something else, I could do. He pointed to the various computer accessories, (keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer, CPU, etc.) and said that the manual was in the top left hand drawer and to start exploring!

Then I found the paint program! Very primitive as I look back. I was fascinated! Wow! It could do all these things! I had finally found what I wanted to be! A computer nerd with art.

Well, as you can sense from the above text, I had never had any formal education in art or computers.

I am self taught. I know that there is an abundance of knowledge that is to be learned from each graphics program.

If I had attended a class or two, I probably would have found out these little tricks and tips sooner, but I do like to explore! I start with a 'blank screen' and just go where ever it takes me. Since each piece is an original, if someone were to ask me to make the same piece from 'scratch', I wouldn't be able to do so. I use a variety of programs and techniques in various order.

I hope that my artwork is pleasing to you. Enjoy the artwork.

If you have any questions about purchasing the artwork or have any suggestions or comments, please email me.