My path to my palette has been a bit round-a-bout. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. The MBA I received in 1986 (Xavier University, Cincinnati OH) wasn't a total waste. Without it I would not have started my family's art publishing business with my brilliant father in 1987. And without that I would not have gotten completely immersed for fifteen years in the crazy and creative art world, chock full of crazy and creative artists. I have always felt like my artistry found me, as opposed to me seeking it.
Though basically self-taught, I have had bits of formal artistic training along the way. I studied perspective drawing at the Toledo Art Museum and figurative painting at the Cincinnati Art Academy. In the summer of 2005 I had the immense pleasure and benefit of studying classical realism (Caravaggio methodology) under Maestro John Angel at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. In 2010, Through the summer of 2011, I studied plein air with the charming and gifted Victoria Brooks on the dreamy island of Santorini, Greece.
And my educational background would be remiss without thanking my spiritual teachers. Through them I continue to learn ways to tap into the divine. I am a second-degree reiki practitioner, an EFT (Tapping) Coach and long time transcendental meditator.
Although I got a late start, I must admit I have easily gotten my 10,000 hours in. And through these many quiet hours with my canvases I have come to identify my very favorite part. It is not the provocative scents of turp and oil paint. It is not the shows, the awards or even the sales (as heartily gratifying as they all are!). It is those precious moments of pure Inspiration, when an idea bursts through the din of mind-chatter and takes over, promising a venue of fresh expression and unique creation. It is what keeps me up at night and pops me out of bed in the morning. It is the magical reminder of how alive I am and how grateful I am to be able to express it with the tools of my trade.