My life before becoming an artist has had many twists and turns. Coming from a family who had careers in law enforcement, I set my dreams on becoming a street cop, too. This was at a time when women were only jailers or juvenile officers, so I knew my journey would be breaking the norm. It happened. I became one of the first two female deputies to patrol the streets of Harris County with the Sheriff’s Office, Houston Texas in 1975.
I thought a career in law enforcement would be my life. But with small children and a husband who was also a cop who worked different shifts, life became complicated. So I quit and became an entrepreneur. I have owned a party store, a bakery, and a yogurt shop just to name a few. I had stakes in the ballon industry and then became a commercial artist designing mylar balloons that sold worldwide for several years.
Retiring at age 73, I did not know what to do as I knew my life was not over. A sweet friend starting painting and I saw the joy she experienced. I began self-study, learning from artists who share their knowledge, techniques, and art experiences online.
Picking up a paint brush has brought such passion into my life, and I know I want to paint for the rest of my life. Painting has opened a whole new world to me. I absolutely love this season and time in my life. Some people think I should be retired, but I have discovered a new passion and purpose as an artist. It has only just begun.