- But creativity finds a way. We just need to be aware of it.
|2006 Lopez Student Show at the Coppini|
- In a Pastel Journal magazine, I read about the Central Texas Pastel Society, and joined them. That brought me in contact with other pastelists, other techniques and ideas. To make their Saturday meetings, I had to leave SA at 7 a.m. to get there by 9:30. I managed to do it a few times, but it was very difficult. The pastelists were so nice, friendly and ready to share. I owe them a lot. Then I became a member of the Austin Pastel Society and continued to learn. Through these groups I came into contact with top pastelists which certainly kept me humble with all they could do with pastel. Fulfilling your art dreams isn't cheap. My financial goal was always to make enough from my art for my pastel supplies and to keep me learning while also contributing something to the household budget. That's what I wanted but along the way you learn to compromise while staying as true to your creativity as possible.
|At the Richard McKinley Workshop|
|APS 2nd Place Award -2007|
|Colleen Howe workshop|
|CTPS tour of the Owen's studio in Marble Falls|
- And here I am in 2011, what are my next goals? Solo exhibitions, my own workshops, more pastel classes and more competitions? Time will tell. I will continue to learn, to teach, to share and to be happy with what has been achieved by a late bloomer.