I started painting five years after retiring from the newspaper industry. During my professional career, I designed and coordinated promotional advertising for the various departments at the newspaper, winning numerous regional and national awards. I became the first female President and Publisher of the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette, a Gannett Newspaper, finishing my career at the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer. My husband and I have one son, who resides in McLean, Virginia with his family.
I started sketching with watercolor pencils to fill in my downtime because of a bad knee. I purchased numerous books on drawing and painting and quickly realized the therapeutic effect of delving into art. It has become an ongoing challenge for me to improve upon my newfound avocation. My portfolio includes art done with watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, acrylic paints and oil paints.
As an artist, I am committed to steadily improve and enjoy the progress of this new phase of my life. I continue to study under several prestigious teachers and artists, whose paintings have won awards and recognition in regional and national exhibitions. I am a member of the Cape Coral (Florida) Art League, the Pine Island (Florida) Art League, a delegate to the Southwest Florida Art Council, a former member of the Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance and the Mason (Ohio) Area Painters society.
Through their tutelage, I have become more aware of shapes, color, shadows and values of objects and landscapes. This insight into art has proven beneficial to me. I have been honored with several awards at the Pine Island annual Art Show, and I am now selling original art along with many prints of my artwork.
Although many artists find a certain niche for their talent early in their careers, I am so captivated by everything around me that I have yet to hone in on any particular subject. However, wildlife and subjects of nature seem to be the most compelling for me to paint.