I have always wanted to create things. From childhood to seniority - all the wonderful years of experimenting with different forms of art, drawing, sewing, sculpting clay and fabrics. The early years with puppets and marionettes. Then thirty years of creating bronze sculptures. Now, in retirement, Fiber Arts, sculpted by hand using original designs. All of this with the love, patience and support of a wonderful family. I am truly blessed.
My bronze sculptures include a varied collection of original limited edition Western and fantasy scenes.
My fiber arts include wall hanging and hand sewn soft sculptures - hand crafted of various fabrics. Each is one of a kind (OOAK). The soft sculptures represent the Fantasy side of imagination. The wall hangings are hand crafted and include dolls and backgrounds representing the Elements, Storybooks and Miscellaneous characters. The Mixed Media Sculptures - some are made of fabric and paper clay sculpture and some are created entirely of fabric. Each figure is lovingly formed from my ideas and are hand sewn.
My interest in art began very young as I drew portraits of my friends and painted natural objects. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and completed an additional year of study in graduate painting.
I taught part-time at Colorado State University in the 1960s and began a free lance graphic design business while continuing to work with oils and water colors. I have completed over 75 portraint paintings for individual clients and exhibited still life and lancscape paintings around the Fort Collins area. In 2004 I completed a commission for the University of Nebraska State Museum of a prehistoric mammoth - the centerpiece of their prehistoric exhibit.
I try to maintain the integrity of the oil and water color media, preserving the brush strokes and the paint textures without excessive blending. I paint rapidly and strive for freshness. I admire many styles of painting, but my own chief inspiration is the natural world.
I never know, until I see it, what might attract me to a scene. Sometimes it is an unusual color or a relationship of colors. Sometimes it is a decorative detail or brilliant light effect. Now that I have more time for painting, I am experimenting with new styles.