When I taught school decades ago, other teachers used me as a resource to come up with bulletin boards, notices, and class projects. I liked working with color and design. I took a couple of classes in photography. After my husband and I retired to Maryland, I began to write children’s stories. Then, five years ago, I needed a diversion from a particularly stressful time in life. Photography and writing children’s stories for my grandchildren were not enough. I needed to learn something new, and I needed to be around other people.
Artists have always been my favorite people. I signed up for a watercolor class with the county. Looking more carefully at shapes and shadows, talking about color with others and taking workshops opened a new world and kept me alive.
A few months ago I began to play with water-based oils. The “feel” of the paint is something new for me and I am loving my palette knives. I am a student. My vision is to incorporate storytelling and landscapes…perhaps going back to the old bulletin boards. I like messages, but most of all I enjoy learning and seeing the amazing work that is done by artists who have dedicated years to their craft.