I've always wanted to paint. At least since kindergarten, at age six. I remember I painted possums out of triangles hanging upside down from a tree. It was displayed in the kindergarten display case. Ah, six year-old fame, if not fortune. And I remember my mother's friend Rudy noticing a painting I did of the sun filtering through the leaves of an olive tree. He had it framed and I was framed and hooked at six.
Yet, it took another 26 years with lots of education, training, foreign and domestic travel in- betweenfor me to recognize that I had a need to paint. The recognition was the turning point and even though I would have to work around a newborn child, I gave myself an ultimatum. Either I could make a living as a painter or I would return to my career as an interior designer. I gave myself 6 weeksthe duration of my maternity leave.
I produced six water-colors and presented them to a local gallery owner in Florida. She bought them all, saying,
these make the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. She bought them all and I felt the thrill and satisfaction of a six year-old in an adult body.
It is now as it was when I was six and twenty-six. I have traveled the world, lived in Europe and America, in different states and different cultures speaking different languages. I have learned that the light falls differently in different lands and it emanates differently from each individual. From the very beginning I have tried to catch the light, to touch its color, its texture, its elusive meaning.
Now I'm planted in Magnolia, Texas in country light and I've made more time to paint, yet I find there is little time to capture all the people, horses, cattle, landscape, light. My talent and time strays to portraits of all kinds: children, adults, groups and I work on commission. Sometimes, though, I break loose from human faces and do cattle, horses, landscapes and let my watercolors loose a little bit, largely for galleries and display.
With growing successpeople and professionals like my workI still consider myself a student, experimenting and testing, searching for an even more personal avenue of expressing the light I see in people and placesin ideas, even.
I'm not six anymore but I'm still framed and still hooked.