ART COMMUNITY


Painted Violins, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

The Great CHAIRity Event, Cumberland County Historical Society

Holiday Window Painting, Lebanon County Council of the Arts



YES, I AM PUBLISHED

"Small Love", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, February 2016

"Love & Christmas Trees", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, December 2015

"The Great Turkey Ballet", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, November 2015

"Packed with Care", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, March 2015

"Trash to Treasure", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, February 2015

"Frozen Faith", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, January 2015

"The Mysterious Christmas Gift", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, December 2014

"Cara on the Case", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, November  2014

"It's the Small Things", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, October 2014

"Out of Syrup", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, March 2014

"Painting the Rain", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, February 2014

"Travels of a Smile", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, January 2014

"Mary's Bravery", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, December 2013

"Nature's Ballet", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, October 2011

"Cookie Mystery", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, March 2011

"Lost Gifts", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, February 2011

"Trapped", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, January 2011

"Hiking in the Dark", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, November 2010

"Watercolor Walls", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, October 2010

"It's Too Much", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, November 2009

"The Cupcake Problem", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, October 2009

"Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear", literacy organization book, August 2009

"A New Home", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, March 2009

"Dare to Trust", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, January 2009

"Let's Laugh", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, November 2008

"Little Brother Love", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, February 2008

"The Party Dress", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, December 2007

"What Can I Do?", Sparkle Magazine, GEMS Girls Clubs, November 2007

"Is a Bear Out There?", Story Friends, August 2006

"I'm First!", Story Friends, July 2006

"Hiding Harry", Story Friends, May 2006

"Giving Hearts", Story Friends, February 2006

"Nori's Ornaments", Story Friends, December 2005





SHARPENING MY BUSINESS MIND


MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEGREES that balance my creative side and ensure I view my art projects from a business-world perspective. Associate and bachelor's.


MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS CAREER spanning 28 years in the community banking, higher education, and freelance worlds honing my skills and mastering that key word, "collaboration".


WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES that keep me present with leadership and the ever-changing world of communications and audience engagement. Some of the best mind-bending experiences were discovered at Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) New Media Boot Camp, Leadership Harrisburg, and American Banker's Association's School of Bank Marketing and Management.


SHAPING MY WORLD OF MAKING


VISUAL ART AND DESIGN DEGREE full of fabulously fun and engaging hands-on college classes that put me right smack in the middle of my element at the drawing table, behind an easel and the camera lens, in the darkroom, molding clay, and soaking in the masters. 


ARTS AND AGING training to better my work with older and elderly artists through the National Center of Creative Aging, Timeslips evidence-based seniorcare creative storytelling, and validation training through Naomi Feil's Validation Institute to provide a meaningful way to communicate with disoriented adults.


WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES in decorative painting, and children's writing and illustrating. I've found truly inspiring ones in decorative painting at Caromal Colours Studio. At Highlights Foundation glued to every word and demo in The Visual Art of the Picture Book; The Picture Book: Mastering the Form; and The Advanced Illustrators Workshop. Semi-annual and chapter conferences with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).


CERTIFIED INDEPENDENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CAROMAL COLOURS  I am so fascinated and excited about this amazing line of decorative finishes that I had to become one with it.    


INDEPENDENT REPRESENTATIVE OF PURE EARTH PAINTS  A natural line of green paints and artistic products for furniture, walls and more. Handmade in the USA by artists striving for a healthy, colorful world.


ART ASSOCIATION CLASSES that continue to enrich, immerse and educate in color theory, drawing and painting skills, dynamic composition, printmaking, oil painting, pastel drawing, and mentoring.


GROWING UP ART thanks to my Mom and her amazing childhood taxi service who made sure I attended every youth art program that could possibly fit in my busy kid schedule. A few of the best being the Mid-Summer Program For Youth in the Arts, a summer Girl Scout Camp session in "Foxfire", and many a Saturday afternoon pastel classes with a talented instructor. 


MEMBER

Daily Painters of Pennsylvania

Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters

Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I love being a maker. No doubt, when I am making something out of most any  medium I am happy. As an artist, I feel lucky that the world is full of endless creative inspiration. You'll find that I am a . . .


PENCIL SKETCHER  CURIOSITY SEEKER  PASTEL DRAWER  NATURE EMBRACER  PAINT DABBLER  ANIMAL HUGGER  ILLUSTRATION MAKER  COLOR CREATOR  CLAY MOLDER  SEED PLANTER  PHOTO TAKER  GIGGLER  INTERIOR RE-DOER  IDEA INVENTOR  COLOR MIXER  FLOWER TENDER

 

MY EYE CANDY


A brand spanking new box of pastels.

A buffed and toned................newly finished cabinet.

A giddy client's smile.

An array of shiny and clean paint brushes.

A palette mixed to the most incredibly beautiful colors.

A luscious lump of clay just waiting to be worked.

A Spring garden bed full of warm and darkened soil.

A healthy, happy animal.

A seed display.

A busy birdfeeder.

HERE I AM A MAKER of art.A Freelance Artist.