I have been drawing and designing since I was a little girl. As a child I drew constantly and made my own paper dolls, not knowing that I would grow up to establish my own clothing pattern company. I have also continued the the quilting heritage passed down to me by my grandmother, Hulda Baker, my mom Dolores Baker, and my aunts Donna Easterday and Ramona Schofield, and I am now designing quilt patterns commercially as well. In 2008 I returned to my artistic roots and began spending a lot more time drawing and painting. Now we have retired to the Asheville area and I am able to pursue my art even more wholeheartedly. So much has transpired in the last two years, I can hardly wait to see what exciting things God has planned for the coming years. He is swinging open doors of opportunity that I never knew existed.
It has been an eventful art weekend. The fun started on Friday when Lorelle and I went to the Vance Birthplace to do some plein aire painting. I chose to paint the smokehouse. I was standing in the full sun, and thought I had the colors right. When I brought the painting home, it seems so dark... not sure how much I like it. I still have some tweaking to do on it.
I have also been working on another pen and ink.
This one is from a photograph. I wasn't sure, but thought I may have messed it up when I put in the road.
It is looking better now. I still have to complete the front field.
On Saturday Lorelle and I attended the River District Studio Stroll in Asheville. . . 150+ artist studios open to the public for 2 days. It was amazing. Having seen about half of the studios, I realized that my work is comparable to many of them, and I can really refer to myself as an artist now.
I can hardly wait to get my own studio completed. So much has happened to me artistically this past year - I can hardly wait to see what God has planned for next year!