For me, starting was the hardest part.
"You have to start somewhere."
My first piece was commissioned for a family member. I thought to myself, "they are my family, they have to appreciate my art, but will others?"
Ever since that first piece, I have been hooked. Who knew how fast my business would take off. My work has expanded to places, business, and people that I would have never imagined.
I've been painting my whole life, taking after my late grammy, Barbara Collins, who was an amazing artist herself. My grandmother encouraged me to take art lessons with Sr. Mary Francis Becker, who was my art teacher and mentor for many years. Thanks to both of them, I have the career I do today and would not be where I am without them.
When I first started my career, I tended to paint mostly with watercolors. Then I was drawn to epoxy resin and have been experimenting with that over the last few years. I now work in many mediums such as acrylics, oils, watercolors and epoxy resin. I enjoy painting realistic pieces but also love the freedom that abstract and more contemporary work allows me.
I am so lucky I am able to do what I love every day.