Check me out on PBS "Artisodes" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSZZEnuT7qU
WHAT A FUN JOB I HAVE!
My journey in life has taken a lot of twists and turns and each one of the curves helped me become a full time artist! Art was my college major, but I spent over 20 years in the IT industry and owned a corporate training company. I worked on the Space Shuttle and had a VIP invitation to the first Shuttle launch! And . . . I like to talk, so I was a featured speaker at many industry and SBA conventions and conferences. It was a fun ride!
After wearing heels, suits and the dreaded pantyhose, I wanted to ditch them for jeans and sweats, so I dove head first into the art world. After having my art evaluated by an art consultant, a great gallery selected my art and it all sold in a month. I was on my way! But I made a deal with myself - If I was fortunate enough to create art for a living, I wanted to make people happy - perhaps smile. Too many experiences in life can make us sad, so instead of putting my angst on canvas, I choose instead to make my husband and kids miserable!
In the past 25 years my art has been published as prints worldwide, sold in stores, galleries, used at fundraising events, and licensed onto over 20 retail products. I've been featured in the Festival Center of 8 Disney EPCOT Food & Wine or Flower & Garden Festivals, and in 2007 I was the Flower & Garden Festival Poster Artist. I've been on PBS television and featured as an artist on FOX. (Photos of all this are on my "Gallery of Stuff" page.)
In 2004 I was selected as an American Established Contemporary Expressionist Artist represented by a founding member of Sotheby's online art auctions. I received the high honor of being a Listed Artist and am recorded in “Mayer’s International Auction Record”, Zurich, Switzerland. This book (sometimes called the "Dead Artist's Book" since Rembrandt, Picasso, etc. are in it) is used by international art collectors and museums.
One of my greatest joys is being a Partner with, and on the Board for, Kids Beating Cancer, where I encourage children to play with art (see Paying it Forward) - their smiles are the best reward.