"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when one grows up." --Picasso
As a child growing up in Franklin Pennsylvania, I was also busy creating in different spaces (a young installation artist): you would find me building a dwelling in the woods, a box sculpture in the yard, or up in the tree lashing branches together.
In Junior High I remember receiving my first artist award for a monoprint. This positive reinforcement and an aptitude test given by my high school guidance counselor led to my decision to be an art teacher.
Many "artists" teach out of economic necessity. I am fortunate to be able to say that my teaching and my art are my dual passions. Being a teacher since 1978 has been one of the greatest influences on my own development as an artist.
Do numerous gallery shows and publications make me an artist? Who knows! My hope is that I am still creating in a fresh and questioning way as I did when I was a child.