I can remember drawing elaborate scenes, long before I could write my own name. Growing up as an only-child on a rural homestead, my life-long Soil to Soul inspiration has been birds and wildlife. It is also a multi-generational connection for me—my mother would sing the bird songs to me, adding her own lyrics. “Listen…they are calling your name…Aaaaaa-Mannnnn-Daaaaaa.” As I grew older and spread my own wings, my grandmother would write to me about the various birds that would show up in her yard — it was important news!
My favorite art medium is Claybord (also called Scratchbord). When I begin each etching, there is an immediate sense of gratification as I watch the little curls of ink and clay drift away as I work. I can already see the finished art in my head and I am filled with anticipation for seeing the art piece materialize. It feels like opening a long-awaited gift and, in many ways, it is.
“Whimsical” is the word many people think of when they view my art. I create with absolute joy and it is my hope that you feel it, too. My approach to art and life is best summarized by the ancient poet Rumi: Let the beauty you love be what you do.
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