First of all, I am a child of the living God and give Him all the glory for this blessed life I have lived. He is my Rock and my Salvation.
I can't remember not being an artist; my first "one-man-show", when I was 6 years old, was hi-jacked by a 5 year old who claimed my drawing as his! Still, because of the reaction of the adults who saw it, I knew I "had something" and went forward from there. (The plagerist-BRAT is probably still looking for his crayons!).
In first grade, I discovered Plasticine clay and I loved making things with it, but they weren't permanent. Somewhere I heard about baking clay, soooo... I thought, "Why not?" - my mother did not appreciate my experiment. Have you ever smelled burning oil-based clay? I think she had to purchase a new space heater! I didn't know about REAL clay, the kimd made from dirt, until I was a teenager and from that moment on, there was no stopping me. I LOVE clay, especially porcelain. I have often had to work in my kitchen so it's probable that my family and I have each consumed several pounds of it through the years. It didn't hurt them. I look at it as adding bulk to their diets.
I was blessed to be married for just over 52 years to a man who was recruited for jobs all over the world. We, with our 3 sons, lived in so many places; life was always an adventure. We learned about people, foods, geography, languages, cultures, ART and so much more. I studied for my associates degree in the North of England in the '70's and have taken classes and workshops at every opportunity all over the world.
This wonderful man also supported my art and when we eventually settled down in Central Texas, he and my sons built this studio for me. It was like an old-fashioned barn raisin' with friends and neighbors coming to help.
Having this space gave me the opportunity and inspiration to branch out into other mediums such as watercolor, fiber art, leather work and more. I am "Livin' the Dream" and thank my God every day for the opportunities He has given me.
Did I mention that I have had the honor of being named Smithville, Texas' Artist of the Year 2016? Or that I have been voted "Best of Bastrop County" in the artist category 10 times?
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