More of Rich's Art!
More of Rich's Art!
As a busy mother of three, I find little bits of time throughout the week and put them all to as much creating as I possibly can. I’ve found it a lot easier to put down, pick up and rehydrate watercolor so I’ve been pursuing studies in this medium lately. My passion however, came to me about eight years ago. I’ve painted many times but one day I decided to pickup a pallet knife and paint with it. Since then, I have been obsessed with this technique and very much crave the freedom of it. Often I get asked, what sparks my creativity. I honestly can paint any subject. It’s the color that drives me. Either the hue or how it blends, weather the subject is translucent or multilayered, amount of contrast, depth. I’m always pushing my technique to the next level. Some paintings have a lot of meaning to me, others just help me portray an emotion. When I paint, the whole world fades away.
I’m currently pursuing textile art as well. I love creating macrame wall hangings and dreamcatchers the most. Although I don’t work on sketches and color pencil drawings as much anymore, I still get an occasional commission on them as I do have a hand in being very realistic with pencil. I also crate jewelry. I started wire wrapping with copper about eight years ago. I feature semiprecious crystals in my wraps and design easy flowing lines or sculptures that resemble flowers or insects for example. All of my jewelry is coated making it hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. Most pieces adjust in size or can be made custom.
I’m looking forward to having a studio again in the future as I really miss teaching art classes. Being a mom is the priority at this time but I’ll be back in no time. I’m considering starting a fashion project while I plan ahead.
| I am 63 years old and am a retired mechanic.
I love wood working and art. I have 3 horses that I love to ride.
I also do equestrian mounted shooting.
As an elementary art teacher I was able to work with young children and expose them to the world of art, helping them to realize that art is a way of communicating with others. Children have such fresh and creative ideas. You can learn a lot from them! As Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” After having taught elementary art for 31 years, in Crystal Lake School District 47, I retired in 2012 and am now pursuing my passion for the watercolor medium.
The transparency and feel you can get from watercolor is wonderful. There are the unexpected and sheer accidents of the watercolor medium that can give us some of our most unique shapes, textures and impressions.
Growing up in Woodstock, I have always had a passion for animals, plants, flowers, and trees. It is their fresh beautiful color and pattern found in them that cause me to admire these subjects. The beauty of the plants and nature in McHenry County leaves endless subjects for me to paint!
Art for me is how I communicate. My paintings show how I feel about a subject and its personality, sometimes in more depth than I can describe or put it into words. It may just get others to see what I am seeing. Art is my means to communicate what is all around us!
I am currently a member of the Lakes Region Watercolor Guild. My paintings have been juried in to shows at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, IL; The Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL; Art of the Land, Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL; Watercolor 2017,2018 & 2019, Norris Gallery, St, Charles, IL. I was selected as the artist for Copy Express’s 2019 Woodstock Calendar. As an art teacher, I was published in the Disney Magazine “Family Fun”.
| Former staff photographer at the Chicago Sun-Times, now self-employed as a wedding, event, and editorial photographer.
| Nature inspired. Have a great love for all the flora and fauna of the outdoors.