Ever since I was a child, I wanted to learn to paint. My father was a college professor, and when I was 13 years old, he arranged for me to take a college drawing course, at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa.
I lived in Lusaka Zambia, Africa, 1972-73, where I met a minister's wife, who was a Batik Artist, a craft in Africa, using fabric, wax and dyes to produce design. She taught me how to do it, and I used it to produce images of persons, experimenting with color.
Later as an adult I tried to teach myself oil painting with some success while raising a family. Then in the 1990's, the Internet came along. I came across an art discussion group and found a post from someone asking for someone to discuss art. I answered that post, and to my surprise I found myself corresponding with an award winning portrait artist Karin Wells. We started communicating over the Internet, and she attempted to help me. She invited me to her home for a 4 day workshop, consisting of three persons. After a year of applying what I learned, she invited me to her home again, for a week long private lesson, continuing for several years. Having learned as much as I was able, from her, she recommended I started attending Portrait Society of America conferences. It was while attending a conference in Philadelphia, in 2009, I discovered Studio Incamminati. founded by Nelson and Leona Shanks. Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, Pa offered a 4 year program in Portrait painting. I had searched my entire life for a program like this, and completed it in 2014.
I am combining my lifetime belief in giving back, with my painting career. Starting at age 12, I volunteered for several years, at Pennsylvania State Hospital for Crippled Children, Elizabethtown, Pa., learning early to be thankful for what we have been given, and not take things for granted.
My passion is to bring out and give feelings of my painting subject. It is not just about appearance, but letting the painted image project the meaning it was painted for. My paintings are not about me, but who I am painting and why.