I love to draw. I have since I was a small child, coloring inside of the lines of a “ditto” copy of a tulip. I still have a memory of the smell of a “ditto” copy. I started drawing by mimicking what my dad was working on. I remember I drew a lot of trees. I started with pen and ink drawings and I still have a few tucked away somewhere. I love creating an image from a blank sheet of paper. In fact, I have never seen a blank piece of paper that did not have an image just waiting to be released.
I concentrated on art during through graduating high school and then went to work for Rand McNally as a cartographic technician. It was here that my real artistic training began. I learned about inks, overlays, masking, type faces and fonts, type placement, detailed line work and accuracy. I learned darkroom procedures and about films used for large press format.
During this time, I went to Vocational School in Lexington, Kentucky and learned how to operate a copy camera, silk screening and running a 4 color press. I also gained knowledge in the PMS color system and pre-press work. I stayed in this line of work for over 20 years, working for various printing, graphic and mapping companies. I worked for the USGS in Reston, Virginia and then as a private contractor making defense maps.
As the mapping business was changing from manual to digital, I took a 180 degree turn and went to cosmetology school at the ripe old age of 42. This was one of the last keys to my artwork. Sculpting hair, designing hair with precision cuts and color added depth to my visual work. Instead of working in two dimensions, I was creating in three dimensions.
All through this time, from a beginner cartographer at Rand McNally through being a Program Director of Cosmetology, I created my two dimensional work. I took an eight year break from cosmetology when I went to work for a live stage theatre. It was there that all my skills came together. From sets design to costumes and wigs to the management of the box office and sales, this rounded out my education in the arts.
I draw what I see, in either my mind or what is in front of me. I draw from postcards, photos, memories and dreams. My work is good, some of it is excellent. Some you will like, others, not so much. My thoughts and hand skills on display for the world to see.
Enjoy the work.
I am a certified Mindful Teaching Educator.
Woodford County High School
Lexington Vocational-Graphic Arts
Computer Skills courses (1500 hours)
Western Hills School of Beauty (1800 hours)
Empire Instructor Course (800 hours)
Cosmetology on-job hours (20 years)
Graphic on-job hours (30,000 hours)
Mapping skills on job (20 years)
Instructor (10 years)
Kentucky Artists Show (1978) Juried
Shops at the Lexington Center (Rupp Arena) (1981) One man show
Kentucky Horse Park Arts and Crafts (1982)
Covington Kentucky Arts and Crafts Fair (1983) Juried
One Man Show, Coolbreeze Restaurant, Washington DC (1985)
Whitney Museum of Modern Art/Maryland Parks and Recreation (1986) Juried
Carols Corner Café, Cincinnati Ohio (1990) One Man Show
Valdosta Art Show, Georgia (2001) Juried
Woodstock Arts, (1997, 99, 2001) Juried
Historic Canton Theatre (various pieces 2000-08) One Man Show