Enamel/Glass fired onto copper and Painting

What is your background? Do you have a degree or are you self-taught?

I am a retired Art teacher with a BS degree in Art Education.  Prior to college I owned a painting studio where I taught painting and sold supplies at the Unicorn Woodcrafters for ten years.

How did your life as an artist first begin?

My husband bought me a paint set and I worked on my own for several years. I began as a decorative painter.  I traveled and studied with many nationally known teachers who worked for art and craft suppliers. This is where I learned extensive knowledge about paint products and craft materials. I created my own painting lesson packets and sold them at a national convention.  My students told me I was a good teacher and that led me to attend college at Ball State University, where I specialized in painting and enameling.  My graduate work focused on enameling and writing curriculum for teaching enameling in schools.

Currently I teach classes at the Pendleton Artists Society in both Enameling and Painting.

What does your art aim to say to your audience?

My work is focused upon my surroundings and experiences from life.  I especially enjoy nature, birds, and landscape.  My volunteer work for serving to  those in need affects my subject matter.

Nina Marshall, "Korea/Oklahoma", monotype, Purchase 1990 Anderson Winter Show

Who has been your biggest influence?

My biggest influence is from Patricia Nelson, metal smithing and enameling professor and Nina Marshall (see image on left from our permanent collection!), painting professor at Ball State University. The late world renowned enamellist/scientist William Helwig gave me a passion for enamels.

How has your practice changed over time?

Usually whatever is going on in my life and people I am in contact with affects most of my work.  Technically the scientific process of working with layers of color, along with time and temperature, is directly associated with painting.  It is the variables that occur with enamels that intrigue me most.

Is art your main focus/job? Has other jobs changed how you create art?

Art has always been a main focus in my life.  Even as a young girl and into adult life I sang and performed  in the local and regional theater, I painted and taught others how to paint scenery.  At the time I didn’t even think about it as a career. I was 40 years old before I attended college for art.

What is your favorite time period of art?

Probably American Art from the late impressionists to the modern artist Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe, "Poppy"

Do you have a favorite work of art?

Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Red Poppy”.

Favorite Color!


Any tips for young and upcoming artists in navigating the art world, especially locally?

Art is a continuous learning and evolving process.  Never give up and follow your heart. Get your education for your dream. While you may have to hold other jobs to support your art, don’t give up on the dream.  The joy is in doing and sharing the work.

How can we see more of your work?

My work is on display regular basis in the rental gallery and gift gallery at Pendleton Artists Society/ Gallery 119 in Pendleton, IN.  It is also seen in regular shows there.  My work has been on display in multiple shows at Pendleton, Anderson Museum, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Southside Artists Society, Indiana Hoosier Salon, and more.

What is a fun fact about your self!

Whatever I am doing or working on at the moment is my favorite.  It is through the journey that joy evolves

Related Art Projects for Kids!

We would love to see the work of all the young artists out there! Share your work with us by sending a message to us on Facebook. Any work we receive will be shared on Friday. Diane suggests playing around with crayons and watercolors. Find out what happens when you try to paint with watercolors over crayons!

Handprint Watercolor Resist
Abstract Resist