1. How did you come to be an artist?
I was raised in a home with two artists so art was everywhere in my childhood. I have always had a great appreciation for beautiful artwork but it wasn't until I was a parent myself that I began to explore my own creative side. When my children were small I began drawing and painting as a stress reliever and it has grown into a passion.
"In the Poppy Field", 30x30 oil, 2009
2. What has been your biggest challenge?
Maintaining the balancing act of being a mom to five kids, a help to my husband in our family small business, and find time to do the art that I love (and maybe some laundry every once in a while too!)
"Amanda's Flowers", 30x24 oil, 2008
3. What would your "dream" exhibit space be or project be?
I actually have always thought it would be wonderful to open my own little place where I could display and sell my own work and the work of good artists that inspire me, in a casual coffee house atmosphere where people won't feel like art is only for intellectuals and high society - but everyone to enjoy.
"Midnight Glory", 48x48 oil, 2010
4. What inspires you?
I am in awe of Birgit O'Conner, Jeffery Larson, and Daniel James Keys
"Repentance: The Turning",
5. What do you like best about being an artist?
When I look around me I am always amazed by God's creativity - I am so excited to just be able to, in the smallest of ways, portray that beauty.
6. If a person wants to see more of your work or purchase it...where can they go?