I am a person who wishes there were more than twenty-four hours to a day. Generally, I live by the Golden Rule. I am a bit of a perfectionist, have a great sense of humor, am very proud to be an American, like sharing my art with others and I'm only afraid of the dark when the lights go out ;-)
I have been married to my best friend, Walter since 1988. He is a wonderful man who supports and encourages me in everything I do - completely and without reservation. I also have the best Mom and Sister in the world who are equally as supportive and encouraging as my hubby. We are true animal lovers. My dogs, Lexi, Luna, Adam, and Tori and my two cats, Sienna and JJ pretty much run our lives. My husband and I are very grateful that they allow us the privilege of living with them :-). They bring me so much joy every single day that I cannot imagine my life without them in it. I believe that we live with them - we do not own them. After all, how can you own a free spirit? (Of course if you ask the cats, their assumed ownership of the dogs is still being debated.) You can read more about them in the FurBabies section.
My interests and hobbies are many. I like cooking, reading, needlework, crafts, traveling, camping, volleyball, beaches, mountain lakes, attending ice hockey and baseball games, great music (all types), computers, and of course (and most importantly) art. My husband is the sailor in the family and I enjoy crewing for him - occasionally - as I am not a fan of deep water (unless of course I'm on a cruise ship). Visit the Sailing section to learn more about him. You'll find some great sailing links and information there as well.
My interest in art did not really begin until age twenty-nine. My sister, a graphic artist, would answer my myriad questions with enthusiasm. She would take me to places in Manhattan like Pearl Paint on Canal Street to shop for art supplies or the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see inspiring works by the Masters. She has always been a great source of encouragement to me who critiques gently but honestly. At age thirty, lightning struck and my artistic abilities began to blossom at warp speed. I taught myself to crochet, knit, cross-stitch, and paint all inside of a year! I was like a sponge - absorbing all the information that I could get my hands on.
I really loved working with natural media the most. I loved the feel, the smell, just everything about it. That's when my expensive addiction to collecting art supplies began. I would use the best paints, brushes, etc. and my husband never complained but always encouraged me. I will never forget coming home from shopping one afternoon and my husband unveiling the easel he built for me out of English Oak. It was (and still is) a beautiful work of art. I made my first piece of commissioned work on it. My husband also helped me make the custom canvas for that piece as it was five feet wide with a four foot height.
Soon after that I began painting on clothing, furniture, and basically anything else that paint would stick to. I've also done some portrait work in oils and charcoal. The paintbrush was a virtual extension to my arm - I could paint anything, whereas pencils, pastels, and charcoals required a little more effort on my part, so I attended The Art Students League in Manhattan for a short time to improve on my primitive drawing skills.
I sat at a computer for the first time in 1998. I swore that I would learn how to use one even if it killed me. Well, it didn't kill me. It just enabled me to acquire a new expensive addiction. Software - Ack! My husband being the wonderful, tolerant, non-complaining person that he is, now supports this hobby as well. I discovered my love for digital art almost immediately after buying our first computer in July 2000. I started out using 2D software (Painter, PhotoImpact, and Photoshop), and more recently began learning to work in 3D (Poser, Vue, and ZBrush) and would love to learn 3D modeling. I am also in the process of learning the creative and technical aspects of web design.VisualFxGraphics is my first domain/site. I am loving every step of the learning process and I'm thrilled with each new thing I learn. So much to learn, so little time......
I haven't worked with natural media in quite a while but I do miss the smell of linseed oil and being elbow deep in oil paint. I will return to it one day but for now I'm very happy with digital painting and drawing and continue to be inspired by The Great Masters and the artwork of other artists and friends I've made on the web. Who knows? My husband may come home from work one day soon to find The Nutcracker playing and me standing at my easel up to my ears in cobalt blue oil paint with the smell of linseed oil permeating the air!
I believe that each day brings with it something new to experience. I will never be bored. I have a great respect for the work of other artists and I'm constantly learning from them. I am forever amazed by the different interpretations brought about by a group of artists given the same subject to work with. I also believe that if you make a mistake, you're not stupid - you're human. If you don't learn from your mistake, you've wasted it. Above all, you should be positive! Negativity is your own worst enemy; it hinders the creative spirit.