It's been a few years now since ART became the primary focus of my career path. Many of you know me through my art life, but prior to being an artist I was a teacher of children, youth, young adults, and adults. Sharing what I know has always been a motivating factor in my life. When I first started working as an artist full time I was pretty bummed by the solitude and lack of interaction. Through some serendipity I trained and became a Working Artist with Golden Artist Colors, Inc. That affiliation and education led me to discover that being a teacher was the key to my growth as an artist. By sharing what I was learning I was compelled to discover more so I could share more. Kind of great, isn't it?
As we approach the end of another year I want to take time to thank some people for the opportunities they have afforded me. Thank you to Golden Artist Colors, Inc. and its WORKING ARTIST program so ably managed by Patti Brady and Pat Pirrone for trusting your gut and giving me a chance to demonstrate what I could do, thank you to STAMPING DETAILS and Diann Ogawa in Poway, CA for letting me break in so many classes at the store with their wonderful customers, thanks to the many art associations and colleges and universities that have hosted my lectures and demos with enthusiasm and thoughtful questions. A special thanks goes to Julie Prichard at The Land of Lost Luggage in the Ning network for being a singular teaching partner in the world of online instruction. Julie's quest for quality and her absolute commitment to service is unparalleled. And a few more thank yous go to Lois Reynolds-Mead, my long time friend and art partner, who delights me in creative thoughts and adventures whenever we get together, to Design Originals for their role in getting my books off to press, to Northlight Books for involving me in a new book adventure, and last but not least to my family who give me free reign to see the world through my artful lenses.