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"I can't even draw a straight line" is a very
common saying most of us will use to excuse
our lack of creative energy, at least once in
our lifetime. But the careful observation of our
surroundings gives us the ability to "really see"
beyond straight lines.
After moving from Midland, Texas as a
teenager, to the beautiful Ozarks, I discovered
that I had found my true home. Upon
graduating from Yellville-Summit High School,
I married and worked at various jobs while
pursing my own interest in art. As my family
matured, I attended classes in Art Education
at North Arkansas Community Technical
My artistic experiences have primarily developed from the continuous absorption and observations of my
ever-changing surroundings. I attribute much of my success and inherited talent to Jo Rowell. Mrs. Rowell
is a distinguished and successful instructor as well as being my mother and mentor.
Having had the pleasure of using my creative nature to illustrate brochures for local businesses and also
designing floor plans for many individuals, I still enjoy the new challenges of painting portraits of family
pets, designing logos, murals, and bill board signs. I did not really begin to get involved into fine art until by
family and friends urged me to participate in the many area art shows. It was this encouragement that
furthered my quest into serious painting. I have ventured into many mediums, such as oils, pen and ink,
china painting and watercolor. However, the pastel medium has become the most satisfying, thus my
favorite. The detail and texture that can be achieved with the pastel medium are endless.
I have achieved many rewards with my creations not only in expressions, but in acknowledgements of my
piers through art exhibits and competitions. I have received recognitions and numerous awards in the
*Palette Art League sponsored Art Shows,Yellville, AR *The Harrison Art Guild, Harrison, AR
*The Artist in the Forest, Sherwood, AR *Bull Shoals Arts and Humanities, Bull Shoals, AR
*Ozark Art Alliance, Siloam Springs, AR *Area Art Club, Mtn. Home, AR
*Forsyth Art Guild, Forsyth, MO *Theodosia Art Show, Theodosia, MO
*Arkansas Federation of Wildlife, Little Rock, AR
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