Part One

Part One

Part Two

Part Two

Facebook LIVE interview with Jim Sisley, owner of Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, VA, about my process and inspiration behind the “Living Water” collection. December, 2018. Part One and Two.

My Story

I’d like to share my story to encourage you that it’s never too late to start a new creative career.

I had no idea I would have three careers in my life. Marketing communications and art were my focus in college. After graduating, I worked in marketing and public relations for a local government, a large IT company and then an arts marketing agency.  On the side, I continued growing my art education by taking as many courses from professional painters as I could find. It didn’t take long to receive painting commissions from friends and before I knew it,  I was getting so many requests for decorative painting that I ventured into a business painting murals as I raised my three kids. I painted murals and furniture for over 10 years, until my body just couldn’t withstand the hard labor any more. What next?

It took me a long time to transition again and begin a new career as a fine artist producing original work. I experienced the fear of the unknown like many people do when they start a new creative endeavor. I struggled with technique, materials and sources of inspiration. My big break came when I mustered up the courage to approach a local  boutique with my portfolio and ask if they would sell some of my pieces. To my surprise, they offered to show my whole collection and plan an art reception as well! Ever since that day, I try to “pay it forward” whenever I can, helping other emerging artists begin their careers, contribute my experience to arts organizations to grow our art community, and volunteer my time to help non-profits with art-related endeavors.

One of my greatest joys is encouraging others as they find their artistic voice and share it with the world.  If you’d like to read more about getting started on your creative journey, you’ll find practical resources and encouragement in my BLOG. Also, I offer workshops and private instruction in encaustic and mixed media painting to get your creative juices flowing! 

 

You can read my Artist Statement and Biography here.

Giving Back in the Community

I’ve enjoyed heading up the scenic design groups at our local middle school and high school for many years. Some of the shows I’ve designed and painted sets for include: Lion King, Annie, James and the Giant Peach, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Little Mermaid and Three Musketeers.

The Loudoun Valley High School cast during rehearsal of “James and the Giant Peach”

Painting 18’ panels for “James and the Giant Peach”