I chose the name "The Shoe Box Gallery" for my website because I store my inventory of miniature paintings in shoe boxes.
I am a member of the Art League of Germantown, Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association, The Miniature Art Society of Florida, and The Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. I serve on the Board of Directors for the latter organization.
I am a self-taught artist, mainly through books and online courses. I've had an interest in artwork as long as I can remember. As a child, there was always a pencil or paintbrush in my hand. I still recall the excitement I felt on my 6th birthday when I received an oil paint-by-number kit of a horse. As the years rolled by, work and family responsibilities were constant pickpockets of my time. Painting and artwork never made it onto my "must do" list. Retirement in 2011 reimbursed me with the gift of time to weave an entirely new story for my life's next chapter. I credit an unplanned visit to an exhibit of local artist, Linda Greigg, for re-igniting that long buried interest in painting.
Painting has been transformative for me. I see it as a chance to create a fuller expression of myself at this time in my life. I started out being enamored with watercolors, but then was easily seduced by oil paints. However, I openly confess to intermittent love affairs with acrylic too. I am currently experimenting with scratchboard. My lifelong fascination with all things small and diminutive has birthed a passion for miniature painting. I'm working hard to perfect the unique technique, small size and reduced scale that define a miniature painting. I paint a variety of subjects. Each one presents a new challenge because I am curious about many mediums so there is much to learn. With each new painting I strive to improve my work. I paint the subject or scene which I feel strongly compelled to do at the time. My subjects are born from the inspiration I find in everyday objects or my desire to preserve the memories of people and places where I have lived or travelled. What I paint is, in a sense, a visual story line of the adventures in my life. But the choice of subject always comes from a place of intuition. When I start a painting it is just a canvas. When I am finished, it is a part of me and a bond has formed. My artwork has made me realize that "the most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself."