I search for an image that satisfies. This means a lot of work, plenty of small painting studies, and sustained patience. It also means failures! I often sit bewildered when paintings that seem fine go unsold, while paintings I feel are less than optimal sell. Maybe that is life in Art.
While trained in printmaking and acrylics, I like the artistic medium of watercolor. Lately I have been enjoying imaginary flowers that I arrange in different formations.
I think of art as one of the oldest and earliest of human communications. It dazzles, it puzzles, it amuses. It can be lovely and is visual poetry.
I was a child of the Depression years, so my family traveled widely, a pattern I continued during my career. I have lived in Arkansas, Texas, California, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Texas, Alabama, Virginia, and West Virginia. This may explain my interest in American Indian works inspired by the Hopi, Apache, Suni, and Navaho. I also find Japanese art wonderful to study.
While I was educated at Washburn and Kansas Universities, as well as at Cornell University, I did not begin my art education at Shepherd University until the late 1980s, after retiring from the Department of Veterans Affairs.