My biggest breakthrough came when… Pursuing art all my life, I never have trouble jumping in to anything that interests me. From Macrame in the ‘70s, Stained Glass in the 80’s, Sculpted Dolls in the ‘90s, Needle Felting currently and always painting and drawing have kept my right brain active. My day job for 30 years as a Project Estimator for a large local general contractor certainly weighed on my left brain pretty heavy. About 20 years ago, I thought if I could just carve out an hour a day for art, I would be happy. After reading The Artist’s Way, I started getting up at 4am to do Daily Pages which is a stream of consciousness way of journaling and starting your day. After awhile I found myself just complaining on those pages. So I started journaling by painting and collaging. The journaling finally fell away, but the 4am ritual stayed. It’s amazing how much you can get done in a short amount of dedicated time. I’ve since retired from my day job and I sleep in until 5am, but I still start my day in my studio I fondly refer to as White Wolf Studio.
Another breakthrough for me was being invited to show my work a few years ago with Wedge Outside the Box and Wild Women Artists as I feel someone is watching and acknowledging.
Who are your heroes in real life? A real life hero to me is Lorie Line, acclaimed international pianist born and raised locally. I worked with Lorie for a short while as she pursued her music degree at UNR. She left our firm and moved on to Minneapolis with her husband. She carved out a niche with her music and I believe she is one of the world’s largest independent music labels. She is proof that pursuing passions works. Put her name into Pandora for a flavor of her amazing music.
My other local real life hero is Carol Pallesen, calligrapher. I’ve taken many calligraphy classes with Carol, and her dedication to teaching beautiful writing and historical context is amazing. Her studio Silent Hand Scriptorium has sustained itself over the years because of Carol’s dedication. I’ve traveled with Carol to conferences and classes. And I’m so lucky to have her as a local resource.
One other hero is Marti Bein, artist. She is an old high school buddy who also forged a career in art and curates many shows around the region. Oh and Mary Lee Fulkerson, who said to me, “What if?” If I ask myself that consistently, I will never run out of ideas. I guess I have many real life heroes.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your creative pursuits
I carve out time in the morning, as I mentioned, when the house is quiet and my inner critic is not awake. I also make creativity a priority. Learning to live in an artistic way is helpful too. Many people don’t like to call themselves artists, but everyone is. From what we decide to wear everyday, to what we decide to make with our hands, all are creative pursuits.
What are your other passions? Since retiring I searched for a volunteer activity. I learned about Knitted Knockers from a colleague and I’ve been knitting these amazing breast prosthetics ever since. It’s a great way to knit and help women at the same time. Our group has grown to about 10 knitters, crocheters and craftswomen. We’ve also added Teddy Bears, blankets and other items for charity. Fiber art is a passion and I’ve taught myself many from hand sewing, knitting to tatting.
I love to go on drawing/painting outings. Urban sketching in downtown or nature painting is all fun and keeps me in practice. Latimer Art Club holds Paint Outs every month.
I paint pet portraits in watercolor. I love animals and they always find their way into my sight and artwork.
Teaching is also something I really enjoy doing. I taught stained glass way back when, construction estimating at UNR and currently I’m teaching Needle Felting and Watercolor Journaling at Copper Cat Studio.
My husband and I RV several times a year. We golf, he fishes and I spend a great amount of time with my Scottish Terrier, JoJo.
I do have two part time positions with the American Institute of Architects Northern Nevada and a local architectural firm. Both jobs are so fun and keeps me connected.
What’s next for you? Hard to say what’s next as I suffer from Multiple Muse Disorder, which many creative people do. I love to learn and as hard as I try to refrain from new pursuits, I’ve learned to roll with it. But showing my work, teaching and practicing my art is my focus.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I’m pleased to be showing with Wild Women Artists and our next show is just coming up.
July 19th Reception 4-8 and July 20th Show with Demonstrations 10-4 at TMCC Red Mountain Building in the Student Gallery on the ground floor
I’m also teaching my next Introduction to Needle Felting at Copper Cat Studio July 24th 11-2
Thank you so much for your interest. I really appreciate sharing my artistic journey with you.