AS AN ARTIST…I view each painting as a faith endeavor into the unknown guided by a silent intuitive voice, this is a gift from God. As I work, I am inspired by the wonderment of nature with its depth and beauty then step back and ask myself “how did I do that?” So much of my inspiration comes from local parks and nature preserves in Ohio and the surrounding states, even my own back yard.
I love all drawing and paint mediums, whether it is oil paints or pastels, pencils or pen & ink, even colored pencils and all of the others, I find myself loving every moment I work. As a child, my parents enrolled me in art lessons with local artist Donna Beavers after my mother declared that all I did was draw and color!
Understanding the importance of the art lessons I took as a child, I also passionately teach art to students, young and old in my Pansy House Studio. I have also taught home school students for several years and currently teach art at Kingdom Builders Home School co-op in Sharonville, Ohio. All of these teaching experiences have given me the opportunity to create many different types of art classes.
I reside with my husband, Ray on a small three acre farm where the Pansy House Studio is located. I have 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren! I also enjoy my garden and have a menagerie of assorted animals on the homestead.
I am in love with God and nature and figure that God the Father and Creator has a lot more imagination than me. Therefore, I use His creation as my guide.
Art is an inborn passion for me. I am possessed with the colors, forms and textures that are possible in the creation of two dimensional art. Believing that God is the giver of all good things, I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be able to express my heart in a way that can bring joy and peace to the beholder
1998~People’s Choice Award for my pastel drawing~Middletown Fine Arts Center Student Show
1998~Best Of Show for my colored pencil drawing~Warren County Fair, Lebanon, Ohio
1999~Second Place Award, drawing catagory~Middletown Arts Center Area Artists Juried Exhibition
2000~First Place, People’s Choice Award~Mason Heritage Festival MAA Show
2001~Verdin Company Award, drawing catagory~Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Annual Art Show
2001~Second Place, People’s Choice Award~Mason Heritage Festival MAA Show
2001~Honorable Mention, Wildlife catagory~”World Of Watercolor” online magazine Artists 2001 Show Of The Year
2002~First Place Award~Waynesville Arts Festival~Adult Professional Visual Arts
2002~First Place, People’s Choice Award~Mason Heritage Festival MAA Show
2005~Two paintings accepted for the “Top 100 Paintings in the ART FOR GOD National Christian Art Competition”
2005~Honorable Mention, drawing catagory~Middletown Arts Center Area Artists Juried Exhibition
2009~2nd Place~Holiday Card Contest for the Ohio State Representative at that time
2012~Merit Award~for my group of oil paintings painted at Hebble Creek, Fairborn Ohio and entered into The Fairborn Art Association’s Plein Air Art Show
2012~Honorable Mention award, painting catagory~Middletown Arts Center Area Artists Juried Exhibition
2016~Third Place award, drawing catagory~Middletown Arts Center Area Artists Juried Exhibition