I am a self-taught artist and writer.
In March, 2014 after 14 years of the intense detail work of my New England style folk art, I made a 180 degree shift to intuitive free-flowing abstract painting. It’s messy, unpredictable and deeply satisfying, expressing my passionate soul, my free and independent nature, and my love for the road less traveled.
While I have only been painting in this style for a couple years, I have been preparing for it all my life. Born in the 1940's and raised in the socially restrictive 1950's, it has taken me all my life to find and set free my innate love of bold, powerful colors, flowing lines and the ability to let go and be myself. I expect many women my age can relate. My art is my inner voice.
Journal writing is how I "talk things out" with myself; it's where I do my thinking. I have done this since I was 16. I saved them for years but then, when I went back and looked at them, I didn't know what I was talking about so shredded them and do so now as well. They are just for me but the "writing habit" is a good one and has resulted in my being able to produce four books. Try it, you will be amazed what journaling can do for you.
My love of history and the individuals who make it has been a life-long passion and one I pursue as an amateur humanist-historian.