The basis of my work is a mix of nature, preservation, color and communicating with others. This is what I have created in my Art Studio program. With my background as an Eagle Scout, my passion for vehicles and the appearances of them, and becoming a licensed practical nurse, I have run the gamut of experiences. An artistic eye has followed me through these and other phases of my 69 years of life.
My appreciation of nature and its preservation are important to me. My love of the rivers and streams, the clean air and energy we can produce and the concern for a person’s healthcare are part of who I am. My experience with various artistic styles has been a release of an untapped part of my brain.
As an Eagle Scout, I learned crafts using what I found in nature. My love of vehicles had me pinstriping, painting and adding detailing to what was boring and factory-made. As a nurse, I had to look inside of people, not only medically but also in their eyes, and care for them as individuals. Each patient was unique and beautiful in their own way. I gazed at the faces of the elderly and the newborns who grasped my finger hours after taking their first breaths. The beauty of humans and all living things amaze me.
I am asked, "Why art?" The answer is easy for me. Art equals life. What I have learned in my art program has made me appreciate all I have done in my life as well as allow me to continue to practice what I have learned into my "senior" years.