I started painting landscapes with acrylics in 2003 but was drawn to pastels about 4 years ago. One of my first pastels was a forlorn looking little puppy we found in our garage and after that the animal lover in me overtook my art.
I love landscapes and still paint them but I have to say animal portraits are my favorite. I like to paint my subject's eyes first. After the eyes are in place I begin to feel like I'm interacting with them as I fill in the rest of their features. Watching your pet come to life on my easel evokes an emotional experience with each painting I create. I have to say that I'm having the time of my life doing something I never thought I could do.
I am a member of the Arkansas Pastel Society, the Traditional Art Guild (TAG) in Hot Springs , Arkansas, and The Ouachita Artists Gallery in Mt. Ida, Arkansas . My work is available at Whittington Gallery and Studios in Hot Springs, The Ouachita Artists Gallery, Black Dog near Mt. Ida and various places where TAG is displaying.
I will forever be grateful to Thad Flenniken for his instruction and encouragement at National Park Community College.
I have enjoyed workshops under Clarke Mitchell, Doug Dawson, Larry Cloyes, and Jim Oberst. I find that even if their medium, subject matter, or methods vary greatly from my own I can always glean something of value from their instruction.
Recently I was delighted to take a workshop by Lisa Ober doing pet portraits and love using her techniques to my artwork.