Even as a child, my favorite Christmas gift was a jumbo box of crayons and a large tablet of drawing paper. I doodled and day dreamed and spent endless hours looking at things in nature and being amazed at their beauty. I collected leaves in the fall and pressed them between layers of wax paper. I picked up pretty rocks and stones and was in awe of their individual beaut, shapes and textures. My mother and I would lie on a quilt in the yard and look at the clouds and see images of people and animals. I sprang from a family with amazing imaginations; who embraced the gift of dreaming and creating. I am grateful for that.
I studied Studio Art at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but in my opinion, years of art school can never take the place of God given talent and the gift of a child- like imagination and the appreciation of that which God has aready created.
Over the years I have gravitated to natural elements and use them in my art creations. I still love leaves and use them to make castings in the form of bird baths and other usable pieces. I also use natural stones, sea shells and sea glass to make jewelry.
There is beauty in all that surrounds us if we take the time to look. God has given us a world of beauty if we just open our eyes to see it.