From early childhood I was drawing with a great desire to grow up to be a portrait artist. As my life progressed I was married and had two wonderful sons. Fully committed to raising my children I joked with them that I would, one day be the grandma with the art studio. Today I am a Very Young Grandmother of two, happily drawing and painting in my own studio where my granddaughters frequently join me with fingerpaints or tempera!
When my youngest left to join the Coast Guard I began studying art seriously through local institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Beck Center, Bayarts and Tri-C Community college. The more I drew the more serious I became about portraiture. In 2005 I sought out Marvin Mattelson , www.fineartportrait.com. ("I'm so proud to have you as my student. I'm stunned by the beauty of your drawings") Mr. Mattelson is an accomplished fine artist whose work hangs in the Smithsonian and the New York Metropolitan Museum.
I was awarded Third Place in the Portrait Society of America, Ohio Chapter, juried competition (2009) and in Atlanta, Ga with an Honorable Mention at the Atlanta Artist's Center juried competition (2007). My painting "Four Children On the Beach" was featured in the publication Fifty-two Weeks, Fifty-two Works 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.
My clients, who are scattered across the country and abroad, are my greatest advertisements! Commissioning a portrait almost guarantees to be an exciting and fun process. Here are a couple quotes from two happy customers:
"My framer said that for the first time he experienced not wanting to see a work of art leave his studio. I enjoy walking by the portrait every day. I have never enjoyed another purchase as much as I enjoy your beautiful work: - Lucie K., Atlanta, Ga
"Mark and I cannot thank you enough for the special treasure you have given us. You did such an unbelievably beautiful job painting our children on the beach - thank you so much" - Patty S, Lakewood, OH