My love for creating came late in life... I was nearly 40 years old, and had just had my one and only child. Due to lack of childcare available in my hometown of Poplarville, I was "forced into early retirement". I quit my job as a Dental Hygienist and was blessed to become a "stay-at-home mom" and enjoy raising my son.
As I searched for cute clothes for him, every store seemed to have them for little girls, but not little boys. At that point, my rusty sewing machine was resurrected and I went to work on making appliquéd outfits for boys... later for girls... that lead to matching mother-and-daughter sets. Then I picked up a paint brush for the first time, and found a whole new world! I painted on clothing for the next few years, and would take samples whenever we vacationed. I started selling to some great stores along the shores of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast, and The Peabody Hotel in Memphis. We traveled the craft show circuit, but I became weary of painting late into the night, deadlines, the road trips, and the rained-out shows; painting had become a business, and I wanted to paint for fun.
Now I paint whatever I find that inspires me. I'm still not comfortable calling myself an artist — but I'm working on it! I have studied under Ann Warner, Judy Betts, Don Andrews, Dana Stratton, Bobby Walters, Sherri Wimberly, and Regan Carney. My recent musings have taken a trip into clay creations, and I'm having a great ride!
My passion to promote the arts is evident in the St. Joseph Art Show and Sale that I help to produce every year. It's a fundraiser for my church, and has proven to be very popular among both artists and patrons of the arts. Please join me for this year's show on October 19 and 20, at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Poplarville, MS. Stay tuned to the SMAA web site for the Prospectus and Entry Form later in the year.