Latitude 47 N – and 122 W longitude – is Seattle, Washington where I have been fortunate enough to live for more than 30 years. Seattle and Washington state have everything an artist could wish for – forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, canals, Puget Sound, the ocean, prairie, vineyards, wildlife, gorgeous skies… An endless array of landscape and people and animals and weather to exemplify on canvas.
I loved to draw as a child and have always been drawn to art. When my kids were young, I encouraged their drawing and painting skills yet didn’t pursue anything further for myself until well into adulthood. While they were in grade school, I took a Monart drawing class, found I could draw pretty well and volunteered in their classes teaching drawing until they moved on to middle school.
My original love was watercolor – I took some lessons and played around with it for a few years. But life threw some curve balls and painting had to take a lower priority for a while. Returning to school at 52, I got my ATA in CIS: Web Development and started my own business – Bluepoint Enterprises, a website design company – which I enjoyed for a number of years and where I was still able to use my art and design skills.
Needing an outlet from the intensity of running a business single-handedly, I carved out some time to start painting again. I decided to try acrylic painting and fell in love with the flexibility, range of textures and depth of color. I studied under internationally accomplished artist, Beverly Hooks, who introduced me to ‘open’ acrylics.
Recently retiring from my business – yeah! – has given me the freedom once again to pursue painting full time and to work on my own style – still evolving… I paint subjects that inspire me, mostly landscape; but am also captivated by horses and dance and the sea – in fact any subject that creates a spark in me. Like many artists, I am drawn to the light which makes a painting come alive. And I am having fun!
If you are interested in a painting or want more information, just email me!