While I can embroider and make quilts (hand-quilting, mind you), I like to paint and draw the most. I’ve been doing it since I was a child. I really like to do watercolor portraits of children, although I’ve done some adults and animals, too. Much of my work has been commissioned portraits. But, I had to take a long break while I raised my kids and ran my graphic and web design business, MindSqueezeCreative, doing some commissioned portraits here and there.
I’m an associate member of the American Watercolor Society (2020) and the Redlands Art Association.
I’m also taking commissions again. I find that the best paintings don’t come from a posed picture from a department store or photo studio, or the like. They look so…posed. And then you have a painting of a posed photo. Where’s the fun in that? The best ones come from candids, off your camera or mine, in a variety of situations that convey energy or interest or personality, or even just “Awwww.” I like to choose from a variety of photos of the subject, if I can, to give you the best portrait. I can take some creative license on the background, etc. if you don’t have the perfect photo. We can discuss it and come up with a solution. I often (not always) like to just drop out the background altogether, to concentrate on the subject(s).
Keep an eye out on my site. I have a couple of paintings in process, commissions being done, several juried art competitions entered, and I have plans to do a lot more work now.