Yesterday I came across a blog of an old acquaintance from years ago. She is a wonderful gardener, but more so a Beautiful Artist. Many years ago in Leesburg, Virginia I was blessed to be able to take a class from her. I was in heaven to just sit there in her prescence. Soaking in everything she taught us!! She was just one of those teachers that could explain things so you would understand just how to do what she wanted you to. Even the books she wrote were written in a way you just knew exactly what to do and do it right!!!
But it brought back so many memories of times past! For those of you that only know me on this Blog as a gardener and not a painter, I painted for years. I began at age 12 when I took my first class at the YWCA. It went on from there... I taught painting classes in my home studio to hundreds of students for 27 years. It seems like a life time ago... So I picked up my camera and started taking pictures of just some of the things I have around the house that my girls insist I put up every year at Christmas I haven't painted in 4 years, I really need to start again. I guess life has it's way of just taking you in different directions. I miss my students, but have made some wonderful friends over the years. I am working full time now and love my work. I have learned how to do stained glass and of course I am really gardening like crazy. Working in the summer at a Garden Center and volunteering at West Virginia University Greenhouse in the winter. I love to play in the soil and plant my many seeds.
Well I hope you enjoy the pictures.. Just click on image at top of Christmas Stockings...
I live in North Central West Virginia, I am 57 years old and have been married to the same wonderful man for 38 years, we have 2 beautiful daughters and a new son-in-law and 2 dogs.
I love to grow things, lots of things. But most of all I love flowers. Spring can't come too soon for me each year. I usually start planting and propagating in early February. Just so I can play in some soil. This is a great outlet for me.
I was also a Tole and Decorative Painting teacher for 27 years. I had artwork featured at the Whitehouse, Smithsonian,and the Blairhouse in Washington,DC.
In 2004 I was invited for dinner at the Whitehouse with the other artists featured at Christmas. It was amazing.