Someone asked me once, why I became an artist. "I had to," I answered. "I was born that way."
I never had the opportunity to study even the basics of art... technique, structure, colors, etc.
but from the time I got my first box of crayons, I knew what I wanted to be.
In a way, it's left me completely free to experiment and do whatever I can imagine or dream, without having to follow any rules, other than my own. I love that freedom!
I'm involved with several facets of art... from pen and ink, watercolor, greeting cards, abstract and jewelry design. I especially love working with wood and clay. Some of my constructions are quite large. The trees are a favorite of mine. They have thousands of leaves that I cut from balsa wood and layer on. I make them in different shapes and sizes, and in the colors of summer and autumn. Some have a tree house tucked inside the leaves. Recently, I have been doing a series of Dallas Skylines from wood, mirror and ceramic tiles, and Swarovski crystals. I've also completed two Pueblo scenes from wood and clay... and a city in the Greek Isles. I have so many more ideas "waiting in the wings!"
I know that art is not the "complete answer"... but it brings an abundance of joy to my life... and helps fill my empty spaces.