As a child and an adult the two things I've always loved our animals, and art. I worked as a landscape painter while teaching art and media skills. Unfortunately, during that time I became allergic to the dry pastels I was using, and I found myself needing to reinvent my work. Building some ideas in my art and literature classes, book art became my focus not only in the classroom, but in my personal work.
Joining the Society of children's book writers and illustrators soon gave me an inkling of what it took to be successful in the business. Attending conferences, taking advantage of classes, and working on my illustration skills were all important. In the midst of some success in the children's book art field, family illness curtailed my working for several years.
Since that time I continue to have interest in book illustration, but my main focus is gallery and juried exhibition submissions. My paintings and drawings have become much more articulate because I now enjoy the idea of exploring both the images I develop, as well as, the seen and unseen movement of their surroundings.