Dance, Music, Poetry and Art have always been an intricate part of my life. As a small girl growing up in the rolling hills of Ohio I have many golden memories of playing on our family farm with my 4 brothers and sisters. I remember picking and eating the warm, juicy strawberries and blackberries from our bushes, catching “crawdads” and minnows in the creek near our house, jumping in piles of golden fall leaves just for fun and drinking hot chocolate after a long day of sledding down the snow-covered hills. Our fields were full of dogwood, pear and apple trees with their colorful blooms, bright orange lilies and rainbow colored Gerber daisies, along with the red roses my mother grew. In the spring and summer the monarch butterflies flittered from flower to flower and during the cold, snowy winters I remember the giant icicles hanging from the trees as the redbirds gathered for food and shelter. We grew up surrounded by nature’s “art”.
I was 5 years old when I announced to my mother, Joyce, that I was going to become a concert pianist. This proved to be a little difficult, because we did not have a piano. However, one day my mother told me to look out our front window. To my amazement I saw a truck coming down the long dirt road to our little house with an old upright piano tied down in the back. It was a beautiful antique people made of dark mahogany with roses carved into the wood. Into the living room it went. I was so excited. The keys were an ivory with yellow from the years of play it had received. I was transfixed as I heard the melodious music for the first time. The sound was soooo beautiful and I was soooo happy! After lovingly polishing the wood, my mother “painted” the roses by dipping a cloth into a small jar of golden liquid. I was mesmerized! She had just enhanced the beautiful of my piano even more. I couldn’t wait to sit down and play it. That was my first memory of how paint could transform your life.
In the years that followed, my mother went on to become an award winning artist and was well known for her portrait work in our little part of the world. All of my brothers and sisters had a natural talent for art and our mother continued to mentor us and develop our individual talents. I studied piano, took dance lessons and dabbled in all kinds of art. Eventually, we moved to Portland, Oregon. My art fluctuated from making stain glass, creating ceramic and porcelain objects and even painting on cloth. My mother taught me watercolor, acrylic and oil painting and I experimented in mix-media art.
Thru the years I had the fortune to travel the world. Viewing the beauty of a castle across a field in the Germany countryside, the breath taking experience of watching the snow falling in the Alps, the colorful tulips swaying in the fields in Holland, the gondolas gliding through the canals of Venice, the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Corfu and the majesty of the Acropolis against the evening sky in Greece have forever transformed my life. As time went on, I had the privilege of seeing the glaciers in Alaska, the snowy mountains of Canada, and the cherry trees in bloom at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. All these experiences have contributed to my love of art and I am passionate about sharing the beauty of the world that I have experienced.
I have lived in sunny, picturesque Florida for 15 years. Now I am driven to create my art through my photography. I see the world in bold, vivid colors and am able to reproduce these moments with today’s technology. The name of my company is “Art Harmony”.
Every day I strive to capture the beauty of the unique landscape around me and the unique people that are a part of it. I am seeking the illusive snap of “the” photo to share the harmony of art around us that will move your heart the way it has moved mine. I will continue to travel the world and share its beauty with you.
Unique Art Photography for Unique People!