WHY I CREATE
Like so many people who find their true calling later in life, I spent so many years needing a paycheck, working in an office, cultivating clients, advancing in my field. Yet I never felt fulfilled. One day on an impulse, I bought a beginner's watercolor set, a pad of paper, some cheap brushes, and started painting.
Eventually, I left my 9 to 5 job and took up making art full-time.
I studied extensively at Montgomery College in suburban Maryland, with independent teachers, and at weeklong workshops with many well-known artists. Over time I was juried in to several watercolor societies and participated in many art shows and solo exhibits throughout the area. Still, I wanted to learn more and started experimenting with acrylic and collage. I began hoarding different types of papers, creating my own designs on them by stamping, painting, cutouts, embossing, etc., etc.
I've always wanted to write and illustrate a children's book. In 2019, I began working on YELLOW BIRD, which I self-published in 2020 and is now in it's second printing. I have included some pages in the Gallery above as an introduction to the book. The story is about a pet parakeet who manages to escape through an open garage door one summer day. He has some adventures along the way, as the family hopes and tries to get him to return home. The book is 46 pages in length and was written to be read alone by third-graders and up as well as to younger children by a sibling or adult. The retail price for the hardcover is $17.95 +shipping. Please contact me using the form below so I can communicate with you for shipping and payment.
I've always wanted to write a novel and began working on one in 2017. Now it is finished and is available for purchase via Kindle, Amazon, and the Barnes and Nobel websites. The title is called THE CHRYSALIS PHASE. Click HERE to read a synopsis and view the front cover illustration.
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