For as long as I can remember, I’ve created. Even as a child I didn’t play with paper dolls, I created them. I grew up wanting to be a clothes designer or an interior decorator, but I was repeatedly told that I could not make a living in any art field. Thus, I taught English 5 years and then found joy in being the Monett High School librarian for 26 years. But, my longing for creativity was reflected in everything I did-- bulletin boards, dance decorations, theme workshops, unofficial photographer and sometimes writer for the local newspaper. Outside my job, I created greeting cards, weddings, parties, tablescapes, costumes and clothes.
I’m retired from my “job that paid,” and am now fulfilling my dream as an artist. A mentor once said that I have “the rare ability to be both creative and organized.” The composition and design that is seen in all creation—even a library—permeates and, perhaps, even dominates my work. The words and phrases that I so love in literature are often integrated into the design to help translate my heart’s response to God’s creation. Sometimes, I may use watercolors, collage or photography, but the inspiration is the same. I feel blessed to be able to spend so much time doing what’s in my heart, and I pray that somehow I am fulfilling God’s plan for me.
My ART can always be found at my home gallery, FRESH GALLERY on Walnut Street, Springfield, MO. At times, my art can also be found in other galleries in Springfield and Joplin. This fall I’m going back to my hometown, California, MO, to exhibit at the renovated historic Finske Theatre, where I first saw GONE with the WIND-in the balcony, of course! I am blessed talking ART, and I hope you will stop by to talk ART with me!
RESUME SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2012 Finske Theatre, California, MO 2011 “Whimsical Watercolor” Exhibit, artCENTRAL Gallery, Carthage, MO JURIED EXHIBITIONS 2012 “Untamed,” Waverly House Gallery, Springfield, MO “Rainbow Network,” Gallery at National Avenue, Springfield, MO 2011 “Voices of Inspiration,” Waverly House Gallery, Springfield, MO “Art for Haiti,” The Gallery at National Avenue, Springfield, MO GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2011-2012 Hearts for the Arts, Creamery Arts Center, Springfield, MO Springfield Regional Arts Council Member Show, Springfield, MO SPIVA Annual Membership Show, SPIVA Gallery, Joplin, MO FRESH Gallery, Springfield, MO artCENTRAL Membership Show, artCENTRAL, Carthage, MO PUBLICATIONS 2011 CONNECTION Magazine, “Local Artist WOWS with Watercolors,” March 2011, pp 3, 16-19 (photos) JOPLIN GLOBE, Enjoy, “ Teacher Second Career Leads to Exhibit,” April 2011 (photo) CARTHAGE PRESS, “Next artCentral Show to Feature Baum,” March 2011 (photo) 2010 SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER, Experience Downtown, “Fall Bursts Forth with Color at November Art Walk, ” November 2010 (3 photos) SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER 2010 Gift Guide, “Domino Art, ” December 2010 (photo) CARTHAGE PRESS, “Workshops, Classes Reach Out to Community” (photo) AWARDS 2009 “Rags,” Purchase Award, Waverly House Gallery, Springfield, MO “Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart,” Mixed Media Merit Award, Thomas Hart Benton Exhibition & Competition, Neosho, MO 2008 “Ann & Andy,” First Painting; “Tractor in Falling Snow,” First Photography; “Aurora Tracks,” Third Photography; Aurora Winterfest “Aurora Tracks,” Best of Show; “The Mill,” First Landscape, Celebrate Aurora Photography Contest EDUCATION 2011 Jim Bray, Watercolor Workshop 2010 Jerry Ellis Watercolor Workshop 2010 Paul Jackson Watercolor Workshop 2005 Masters, Communications, Missouri State University, Springfield 1990 Library Certification, Missouri State University 1974 BSed English, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
I believe the presence of the divine in creation can be about composition design, color, shape, movement, sound and silence, and words. But the mystery of creation is always relational--something that exists between the viewer and the viewed. I hope some of the wonder I see and feel in God’s creation as expressed in my art can be experienced by the viewer in a way that they can experience more of the joy in the extraordinary ordinary around them. I am blessed when someone lets me know how my art has touched them.