And I love doing art a lot more than looking at it. Sometimes looking at art can be terribly boring. But of course, the hiking I do leads to the art I create. Although I see things that I consider beautiful that wouldn’t make a good painting. I live in Brown County, Indiana. There are lots of trees where I live and they shed their leaves in the fall. At least most of them do. But there a few that keep their brown leaves. I would call this color medium orange brown. And then there are some trees that keep their leaves that have a pale golden brown look to them. In the winter you see the tall and short trees-mostly bare with these intermittent clusters of medium orange and behind and beside them, the clusters of pale golden brown leaves. They look beautiful! But I have yet to find an area that is begging me to paint it. But whenever and wherever I see them and they are everywhere, I think how beautiful they are. If I could choose what I could do every day, I would only hike and paint.
I have been asked if I can paint anything. No, I can’t. There are lots of things that I can’t paint. There are styles that I like that I sometimes wish I could paint in but can’t. I am most successful painting the places and things I know best. Natural scenes and places I’ve been are what I paint because I am more familiar with how they look. And the more I look at some thing or some place the better I am able to paint it. That is one of the reasons that I work on part of a painting and then let it rest. I want to see it with new eyes. Looking at a painting, nature, a tree; I sometimes see new things or at least things differently. And sometimes when I look at the painting again I am happy with the direction I am going or want to go, so I continue in that direction.
A question that children ask me is can I do anything. No, no one can. The best one can hope for in his/her lifetime is to find at least one thing that she/he wants to do and enjoys doing and hopefully gets the opportunity to do that. I have gotten the opportunity to do a lot of things in my lifetime, most of which I enjoyed or at least learned something from. I thought that perhaps I would not get a chance to be a practicing artist in my life. But through a twist of fate, here I am. I feel fortunate that whether I become “well-known” or not, I have at least been able to paint and sell some of my work.
Till recently, I worked as a substitute teacher. And before that I taught art and then second and fourth grade. I am also a mother and a grandmother so I spend time with my family. But I spend most of my time making art.
In my lifetime, I lived in Oklahoma, Texas, New York, South Carolina, Colorado and now Indiana. I visited a lot more states than that. Oklahoma and Colorado are the states I lived in the most. As far as what places influenced my art, it would have to be any place that has a great deal of trees, lakes, flowers-in other words, nature. I always look around at everything wherever I go but am not as interested in buildings as I am in rocks and streams. And the particular type of scenes in Colorado interest and affect me creatively the most.