About The Artist
I didn’t start painting until I was 75years old. I was inspired by a British Isle painting contest on Britbox TV and learned that you aren’t usually born with an artistic talent but with hard work you can learn to paint and with more hard work you may get good at it. I finally decided to join Marin Open Studios, not because I am a very good artist, but hope to find focus and inspiration from other artists. I love talking to them in their studios and have gone to events to see them do their craft.
I have always found much pleasure with artistic ventures in my life, including gardening, decorating and using fabrics that I love in sewing special pieces. I started taking acrylic painting courses online and have for the past 1 1/2 years. Between these courses, the use of social media to be introduced to many artists, I have gradually found my style. I don’t know what to call it except I know I love very colorful scenes. My dream is to go to neighborhoods, especially in San Francisco and sit on a corner and draw the scene that I see. I am very much drawn to buildings and am currently taking some urban illustration classes. Some of these may include watercolor in the future.
I have been using acrylic because in starting to paint at my age, I feel it is a good medium to learn with. I use pens quite a bit in my final painting steps. I see myself painting for the rest of my life, however long that will be. Personally I feel that this new passion will extend my life.
I was born in San Francisco in the late ’40’s when my parents both returned from WWII. My mother was a nurse in Africa and France and my father was stationed in England as a Air Traffic Controller and worked with the RAF. They met in New Jersey before they were shipped out and wrote letters over a 3 year period that they saved. One of the first things I did after retiring was to transcribe all of their letters and self-published a finished book, called “Hello Mine” because that is how they addressed each other. It is 625 pages and hopefully the books will be passed down several generations to come.
I went to USF Nursing School from ’65-69 and worked as a nurse for 45 years. I retired from the VA Medical Center in 2014 after working there for 32 years. I was so fortunate to have a profession that I loved.
I have been married to my college sweetheart for 55 years, have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. I have a full life and painting has put the frosting on the cake.
Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media
Ii will be showing some of my work on May 11-12 from 11a-6p at the
Marin Society for Artists 1515 3rd St @F in San Rafael, CA 94901
I will be on the first floor, Space 12.
BSN in Nursing @ University of San Francisco 1969