Let me start by saying that my mother was a very talented artist, so hopefully I inherited some of her ability and love of art. Back in the 1980's when my three children were small, I took some adult education classes in oil painting and did several landscapes. Then life happened....and until my retirement in 2012, I didn't do much painting. My mom passed away in 2009 and I inherited all of her art "stuff" which included every medium imaginable. I experimented with most of them, but found that I could do the best with oils and acrylics.
Spending the winters in Florida lent itself to many opportunities to learn more about painting and have the time to spend to create. I joined the wonderful Sebastian River Art Club where I have met many talented artists and have been able to take many different classes. I now belong to the Vero Beach Art Club and am Treasurer of the Lagoon Artisans of Barefoot Bay.
When I do a commissioned art piece, I start with a photo provided by the client. I do not need a hard copy. I usually put the photo on my computer so I am able to zoom in close for details. Here is a portrait that was done using three different photos of four children in progress and the finsihed painting.
Although portraits are my favorite, I also do many landscapes. I love looking for bright colors. Here is a building in progress and the finished painting.
I have participated in the Sebastian River Art Club "Art in the Park" the past two years and this year won a third place in the oil category of the painting below "Guarding the Sea". The painting was bought by a couple from Virginia who owned two Golden Retrievers.