Some might say I’m a hippie, some might say I’m a hillbilly. I would say I’m an artsy/spiritual/farm girl type with some hippie and hillbilly tendencies…an artsy hippiebilly.
I’ve been a self employed artist since the 1980’s. I had a fulltime job once but it was a real drag. I like being able to stay barefoot and hanging out with the animals in my paint stained comfy clothes all day and employers seem to frown on that.
I’ve had drawings and paintings on walls since I was about five years old, and have always gotten encouragement to make art, although the “elders” thought it should be a hobby and not a career. I got my bachelors degree from Kansas State University in art education, but I pursued making a living as an artist instead of teaching, much to the dismay of the “elders”.
This is my first real push to have an online presence. I’ve stubbornly resisted the world of technology until my daughter finally forced me to get a cell phone last year…(yes I’ve only had a cell phone for a year).
A few years ago, I got bored with canvas and started cutting shapes out of wood to paint on. Then I got bored with plain flat wood and started layering pieces together. Now I’m into circles, curves, free-style shapes, rays, whatever floats my boat, and crazy bright colors and patterns with lots of layering and elevation. You know, super cool stuff.
There’s alot of woodworking involved which isn’t my favorite thing to do, (especially the sanding…all that dust…ack) however the sculptural quality of layering wood is part of what makes my designs unique. The designing is really fun, though, and the painting is super fun. I get inspiration from anything and everything.
I’m becoming more and more interested in creating abstract art and wall sculptures that depict the flow of energy and can be used as tools for transformation and healing…energy art. I feel a real need to help the world somehow, and hopefully this new direction of my art will assist in the balancing, clearing, and healing of myself and others.