I have felt a need to create from the time I was five and would steal my uncle's sketches so I could take them home and try to copy his work. He played a major part in my decision to pursue a career in art.
When I entered junior high, I had become discouraged because I had not placed in any of the art contests I had entered. I was jealous that my brother and sister both had already won awards. If I didn't win a prize that year, I would quit doing any art. Luckily I was able to win a contest with a comical sculpture of a farmer. At that young age, I needed the recognition because, without it, there would have been no reason for me to continue as it held no value to my family. An art career was not encouraged by my parents.
The battle for my future came to a head after my senior year in high school. I wanted to take a year off from my studies and work for a year and make some money. I had a job lined up working for an artist as a ghost painter. My father was against it. He expected me to go to college and pursue a career in law. The conflict ended in a physical confrontation, and I had to move out of the house. My father later came to me with the proposition of sponsoring my college education. He would allow me to become a graphic artist. I tried, but I found the subject too restrictive on my creativity. So I became a teacher, an English teacher. This discipline allowed me the time to follow my path in my artistic endeavors.
I love to create, and this portfolio shows my exploration into several different types of art, both in style and medium. I have supplemented my income with sales of my art, mostly commissioned works, my least favorite of all my pieces, but have yet to make it my sole income. I have won "best of show" in art contests several times and featured in a few on-line publications. My designs were picked as the winner for a couple of contests. So I have continued to receive accolades for my work, but it is no longer my sole reason for creating the work I do; I create for the joy I receive when I finish a piece and step back and feel a sense of accomplishment. I can only hope my work produces a reaction "good or bad" from anyone who sees it.