For as along as I can remember, I've loved going to art exhibits and galleries.
I never considered being an artist.
I didn't feel I had any talent.
So...I received a BSN degree and began my nursing career.
I thoroughly enjoyed working as a nurse manager on Alzheimer units for over 20 years.
When I retired, my husband bought me a digital camera and
I discovered my hidden talent.
Photography and Digital Art have since become my passion.
I've always been especially inspired by color, texture, and shapes.
I love the textures and shapes of buildings, especially old homes and barns and enjoy driving around the area to photograph them.
I especially enjoy taking photographs of nature–especially flowers. I started by taking my camera with me to the botanic gardens and arboretum.
I began to branch out into other areas. I started "tweaking" my photos by adding textures and using various tools and filters to give them a softer, more painterly, look. These images I call artistic photography.
After awhile I found that by layering several of my photos and experimenting with various tools and filters, I could create entirely new images that bore no resemblance to the original photos. These images I call photographic art.
When I discovered digital art, I began to create fun, joyful images directly from the computer. My digital art frequently has a whimsical, childlike quality to it. There is a loose, free feel to the images because I use my non-dominant hand when painting.
Next I discovered fractals and now use several programs on the computer to generate images that I can then manipulate and/or layer to create a unique image.
My latest interest is taking unposed photographs of people as they go about their business.
I edit the photographs so they are not quite so recognizable by using several different image editors.
I call this series "Glimpses of Ordinary Life".
It seems as though each day brings new ideas that I want to try out and new techniques to experiment with. I'm a self-taught artist; constantly looking for new ways to express my creativity. I've discovered through my photography that creating art brings me joy and I am truly blessed to be able to do wha I love.
I've had 3 solo shows at:
*Ethical Humanist Society in Skokie, IL.
*Palatine Library in Palatine, IL.
*Bartlett City Hall Gallery