I would not be who I am today if I hadn’t run through the Kansas prairie, built tree houses and wild forts, had my own little garden, created drawing after drawing and had many adventures with my four siblings. I honestly think we had the most blessed and enchanted childhood. Most of this credit goes to my parents – strong, creative, experimental, devoted and above all the most loving two people. When I say blessed I mean that we were lucky to have a healthy family, enough money to get by and always good food on the table. When I say enchanted I mean just that. We had boxes and chests full of dress up clothes, wild teepees on the prairie, tree houses among a thousand apple blossoms, animals of every sort (including a preening Peacock and hedgehog) and afternoon tea time that usually included specialties like Lazy Daisy Cake and Creme Puffs. But the most amazing thing that shaped my life has been free time. We kids were unschooled and with that choice came endless time to do with as we pleased. There was never formal sit-down-and-learn-time, but more of run-outside-and-see-what-you-discover-time. It was great!
Now I am a wife, mother of four children and an Artist. My love for drawing and creating started as a child and has never stopped and I consider myself completely self-taught. Along the way I studied ballet intensively and became a dance teacher, married a Canadian (had to go all the way to Italy to meet, and would do all over again!), moved to Vermont (my dream land), had a beautiful son, moved to Ontario and had three more little people. These days I garden, cook meals, clean up after (I mean with!) my family and do most of the things a stay-at-home Mama does. During all of this household busy time I’m always thinking about my next art project. Maybe it’s an idea from a daydream, the kid’s newest game, my daughter’s face as she peers into the fridge, what the tooth fairy might look like… There is always picture of life to see, a painting waiting to happen, some magic to make.