My art has evolved over the years from simple pencil portraits - (My original business name was Portraits in Pencil) to include many forms of creativity.
I used to think the way to grow as an artist was to focus on one element and only do that until I achieved a level of precision and skill. To a certain extent I still believe that is true, however, I've discovered that many of my "side projects" have enhanced my skill in other areas.
For example, learning the medium of watercolor brought a depth of understanding the elements of value and contrast to my pencil portraits that I may not have found if I had limited myself to only pencil drawing.
Watercolor card making led me on the adventure of intaglio print making which ultimately opened the door to glass engraving and eventually to doing hand painted items for a local glass blower.
(THANK YOU, Martha Reynolds and Chip Turner for your time and teaching!)
I've now managed to have a retirement filled with new opportunities that keep me busy doing what feeds my soul every day while allowing flexibility to devote time to family and friends.
2024 looks to be an exciting year, I can wait to see where this road takes me!
I think it is important to share our process with others, just as we gain from watching other artists work.