When I was a baby, I contracted pneumonia and had a temperature of 106 degrees. I was submerged in ice water with my winter coat and shoes still on! Two neurologists thought I might have contracted spinal meningitis, but it was never diagnosed.
My illness left me with a weakness on my left side and with other challenges. As a child with special needs, some doctors said that I would never be able to read or write, but I did! My interest in art began when I started drawing “designs.” For many years, I stopped drawing due to illness. At one point I weighed only 78 pounds. Eventually, I was diagnosed with thyroid problems and, with proper medication, was soon feeling much better and began drawing again.
I won the first art contest I ever entered in the 1980s by drawing the Campbell’s Soup Kids. In 2004, I entered a second contest that was sponsored by Community Mental Health for Central Michigan. My original drawing, which represented friendship, love, and peace for all people of the world, was selected and placed on the cover of the agency’s annual report.
My drawings, often inspired by my love of music, are created in mixed-media, using pencils, colored pencils, markers, paints, sparkles, etc. I enjoy drawing butterflies, angels, fairies, buildings, landscapes, actors and musicians. I also have drawn pictures of the Beatles and of Stevie Wonder, who I can identify with because he has a disability and he does a lot of charity work.
I also like to make greeting cards out of my drawings and am hoping to sell them.
I was selected as Mary Free Bed’s featured artist in 2006 and my family tells me they are very proud of my accomplishments!