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It Started with a Mug
Some of my herons smiled at someone in the LSU Museum of Art Gift Shop. That someone read my artist statement provided by the gift shop (Thank you, LeAnn). His hand reached out and picked up the mug. Purchased it.
With a visit to my website, he and his wife decided they wanted to buy one of the canvas prints with a moody heron in a lake scene. Unfortunately, a print the size they wanted, 60 x 48, couldn’t be created presently. I offered to paint an original even though I had never painted that big before. Oh, how I do love a challenge and felt in my heart that I could do this.
Well, it's done and we all are happy.
It will be going home to a lakeside home in the next few weeks. Thank you, Believers.
And it all started with a mug.
Louisiana is a magical place for me. Outstretched tree branches, veins in leaves, the movement of living things, natural elements mimic inner dimensions and meet my imagination are my inspiration for painting and just musing. Ideas developed from these include my passion of representing birds - playful, animated, expressive birds, interpreted and developed into new shapes, colors, patterns, and textures. Constantly alert of the enchantment of their play, feeding, and flight, I weave layers of stories in each painting. They represent the very pulsating beat of life for me. These appear in my work as symbols of exploration and growth, telling my stories and allowing viewers to connect their own stories, hopefully making people laugh with delight. Maybe you would like one of my paintings to hang in a space of your own to smile each day.
My work has sold nationally and internationally. In 2014, I was very excited to have had three acrylic paintings accepted into the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts Louisiana Contemporary exhibit in New Orleans. Currently, I am proud to be represented in the gift shops of the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, the Hilliard Museum of Art in Lafayette as well as galleries in the cities of Lafayette, Alexandria, New Orleans and Ponchatoula in my home state. My hope is that you would choose to have a print of your own. They are offered in many sizes, as well as mugs, tote bags and more. Just have fun! Hope they bring a smile to your face.
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and art was the perfect fit. A Bachelor of Science in Art Education from LSU, and then later a Masters in Gifted Education from University of Louisiana at Lafayette gave me a foundation. Many, many workshops throughout the years have provided me with skills in watercolors, acrylics, printmaking, clay, fabrics, and more. The last 17 years of my teaching career were spent at Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, Louisiana. I was immersed in teaching middle school Louisiana Studies and Art, a perfect mixture for me. Now retired from teaching, I have been working full time in my home studio. Each painting offers learning experiences and often the results surprise me. When the lights are out and my work is done for the day, the birds chatter together telling funny stories. Sometimes I sneak in and listen. Maybe you would like to share that experience with a picture or two of your own!
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