I’ve loved to draw since I was old enough to hold a crayon, as I come from a family of artists. My father drew architectural designs and house plan layouts. My mother is a fine arts instructor and artist. I have four older brothers, who were always drawing with impressive skills of varying degrees - charcoals and graphite drawings of everything from simple images or cartoons to complex and impressive art. I’d always watch everyone draw or paint. At first I tried to copy their work and, then, began to do my own.
I use to dread drawing faces or profiles because it was so hard! But, now, I love it because it is so hard. Overcoming the challenge is fulfilling and the achievement pushes me forward. I love working out the details in the eyes or other aspects that make each face unique. I’m not perfect in rendering everything, but sometimes, it’s the little imperfections that make a project ultimately perfect because it shows that it is real, having been handmade. Personalized!
Having been passionate about creating art, since I was a little girl who blended crayon coloring, I chose to study art as I grew to adulthood and obtained a bachelors degree, having far exceeded required art-course credit hours, for the sheer joy of learning. One of my most valued instructors was a master, who saw unimaginable nuances of color, beyond the possible perception of others. It was through completing his demandingly comprehensive and extensive color-theory exercises that my mind began to grasp the in-depth concepts of color, with its subtle hue variations and slight temperature shifts, learning to see all that prior seemed elusive. Those tendencies for detail and an eye for accuracy, as marks of mastery passed to me, I continue to teach my student-clients of visual fine arts, for over fifteen years now, incorporated with the “Elements of Art” and “Principles of Design”, and prior, while having served as the Director and Core Instructor of Arizona Art School for five years.