"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" Twyla Tharp
My art journey began when I was 13 years old, living in Orlando.My mother who loved sewing would have some old pattern books lying around and I would
see if I could draw the models in these books in different fashion outfits. This is where I learned to draw. Finally it came time for me to enter college and I had my mind set on Commercial Art or Design as a major. I had taken courses in Industrial Arts in high school and very much enjoyed it and my teacher then, took an interest in me, but somehow my interest in that field became less noticeable. I went off to college and decided to major in Sociology because of my interest in world affairs and history. I minored in fine arts because I really hadn't gotten any training in Art before college. My interest in Art never waned and I went on to graduate from college with a major in Sociology and a minor in Fine Arts. After graduating from college I worked in various government sponsored jobs until in 1993, I decided to go back to college to study more Art but this time I studied a specialized field of Art: Graphic Design, and became even more interested in Art but I wanted to study some area of the art field where I could merge my interest in Art with the emerging advances in technology and Graphic Design seemed to be the ideal field to study. After graduating with an A.S. degree in Graphic Design, I became interested in the field and began doing some free-lance work. During this time I also became interested in painting and one year painted over 100 images. I eventually joined an art organization at the Maitland Art Center in Maitland, Florida and served on the Associates Board there for 4 years. There I organized exhibits and did some fund raising, while learning the operations of a non-profit art organization. It was sort of like my behind-the-scene look at the art world. My love for art has grown tremendously and today I give shows and improve on my knowledge of Art. I love painting which serves as an outlet for expressing myself and releasing some emotions when needed. I also like doing art on the computer, which took me a few years to really feel comfortable with. I like seeing memorable images or events one has experienced, portrayed through paintings or illustrations. I hope to be working in Art for years to come and hope that you will join me on my journey in discovering what new and memorable images one can witness by viewing Art.