I've been an artist since I can remember. I say, I was born an artist!
I became serious about my art work when I volunteered at my childrens school. Once a month I designed a bulletin board for the school's library and a received a lot of good feed back. From that point on I became very passionate to succeed in my art work. I'm mostly self-taught because I never got to study art in school. The artists that influence me the most are the illustrators of children books.
With my love of nature, I decided to build and hand paint bird houses. Then I started to design peoples homes into bird houses. This required a carpenter and a woodshop, which I opened. After thousands and more birdhouses, I had to close it. Being a person who did not give up easily, I started taking evening classes at a local college. I decided to work in clay and hand-build. I started again with my bird houses. Then I created toad houses, fairy houses, butterfly houses, fairy miniatures and more. Most of my art is for the garden, which gives me a wonderful world to create from. Each piece is hand-built, hand-painted with mason stains, glazed and then fired. All of my pieces are one of a kind.
The best part is being able to create something that brings joy to others. I also get an awe when these hands and mind, create that unique piece of art. Then there are times when I forget to appreciate the great gifts I have received. That I am here to do that creation and no one else will do it like I do.
I think you have to be a little bit crazy and believe when those around you don't. I also know you have to be prepared to work hard, be passionate, be patient, be persistent, but most of all, you need to keep a great sense of humor and enjoy the moment.