A journal of new paintings, events and other creative endeavors
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Recent trip to Warren, PA
Last weekend I had the opportunity to help raise money for the Majengo Orphanage of Tanzania, South Africa. If it weren't for a couple of collectors of mine, I wouldn't know anything about these kids. Hearing their story, it's hard to forget about them. This orphanage was founded to rescue children along the safari trail that were being exploited to tourists without ever benefitting from the money collected on their behalf. Since the inception of the Majengo Orphanage, these pseudo orphanages have been put out of business and Majengo has nearly tripled the number of kids that it feeds and educates daily. You can get more information directly on their website.
I love to create; which is why I returned to college in my thirties and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University. It seemed life wouldn't be right unless I knew more about art. My studio is spread out into various work stations in my home so that I can paint and still keep track of my young family. I draw inspiration from my rural landscape, my gardens and my children. I journal with electronic photos and my sketchbook. These images are my reference material from which I create the compositions for my paintings. In collecting my imagery, I am always looking for contours and light. I like to whip the color up to whatever suits me. People say that makes me a colourist. I think I am a few hundred paintings short of being anything more than an artist that likes to paint.
The web has enabled me to connect with other painters in a virtual artists’ community. I enjoy the regular exchange of information and ideas. I especially enjoy the daily postings of my fellow blogging-painters. Their images inspire me to paint more… and better!! Thank you for stopping by my blog.