Welcome and thank you for visiting my new website and reading my first blog post. Having my own website is something I’ve wanted to do for some time. I finally decided that now was the time to do it and make it a reality.
I often wonder why folks refer to the time following years of working as “retirement.” It used to be that one worked for years, then “retired” to enjoy time shopping, cooking, spending time with grandchildren, volunteering, etc. I imagine that is true for some but not for me. Since leaving work nine years ago, I have been busier than ever! I was fortunate to have a passion that I wanted to pursue—art. It was always on the peripheral but after “retiring” it took center stage.
One doesn’t just decide to pursue a passion and it magically happens. The first few years after “retirement” I painted in a small bedroom at home. With too many distractions and frustrations, I realized I needed a studio outside my home. Fortunately, I was able to join a co-op of artists at the Main Street Artists & Gallery in downtown Rochester. I also realized that if I was going to produce the kind of art I wanted to achieve, I needed a teacher. That led me to artist Brian O’Neill, a talented artist and most patient and knowledgeable teacher. I learned the basic tenets of art and how to apply them. But there is no substitute for practice. On most days I can be found working in my studio.
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I’d like to thank those who have supported and encouraged me in this endeavor. My stalwart husband John has been there every step of the way. While I’m off at the studio he keeps the home fires burning by running our house! I also want to thank two people who helped me create this website and saved me every time I crashed it. My neighbor Rachel and friend and artist Victoria. I am indebted to you both. Last but certainly not least, thanks to all of you who have purchased my art or commissioned me to create a personalized painting. My main purpose in creating art is to bring joy and share with others. Knowing that a work I created is proudly displayed in your homes fulfills that purpose.
Happy and safe Thanksgiving to you all!