was born far-sighted in one eye, near-sighted in the other and
cross-eyed! I had years of therapy so that I could hold my eyes
straight and got my first glasses before I was two years old. Mother
told me that I sat and stared at bushes and trees that day because I
never knew they had leaves! I've been fascinated with nature, design
and art ever since.
most of my life I have been a biology and chemistry teacher. Biology
appealed to me because of all the lab drawings that were required.
Chemistry appealed to me because of the logic and perfection in
nature that it showed. I taught art for only a few years because I
wasn't certified to teach it. But I managed to stay active in the
arts through classroom displays, prom decorations, home décor,
designing…and I loved it all!
that the classroom has been left behind, I'm thrilled to finally have
time to play! I want to play with paints, clay, blown eggs and other
crafts of all kinds. I use the word, "play", because it
brings me joy. There are no rules. There are no boundaries. There
is simply a complete freedom to express myself and use my talents to
create something new. There is complete joy in being able to make
others happy. There is complete gratitude for being so blessed.
grew up in a family of ten. Her father was a gifted artist and her
mother was a craftsperson who was constantly looking for ideas for
Bible School and our local summer camp. She would use all of her
children to "test drive" ideas. Whichever child could do a
project the best, that age group at church or camp had the craft
assigned to them!
moving every two years, her family settled in Birmingham, AL when she
was in the 5th grade. She was extremely involved in many areas of
the arts in high school. She then received her bachelor's degree
from the University of Montevallo and her master's degree from Auburn
University. For 40 years she was involved with education, teaching
sciences in high school and Auburn, working for national educational
associations and serving as a coordinator for after school programs.
After retirement, she worked for several years at the Alabama
is a recent arrival to Spartanburg and has great hopes that she will
be able to finally enjoy the arts to the fullest at the West Main
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