In The Art Spirit, Robert Henri said, “She is an artist in the beginning and is busy finding the lines and forms to express the pleasures and emotions with which nature has already charged her.”
Art and nursing have wholly occupied me like a search and rescue mission for my soul. Art helps me draw on my sense of meaning, with a bonus benefit of quiet fulfillment. Being an artist sustains the momentum of a spiritual connection so big that the movement will not suffer, disappear, or die. I have been sustained emotionally, intellectually, and financially to an extent that is hard to overstate. Nothing could be more appropriate then, than to draw with the durable markings of the graphite pencil, and to paint with the functioning power of the pigment.
My focus has always been the human figure. As long as I can remember, I have loved art. My first drawing won a pasta colored ribbon at my school art show at the vintage Signal Hill Mall in Statesville, North Carolina. I drew a nurse holding her medicine bag, riding on horseback. I was five.
Several years ago, Carolyn Caswell and my husband walked me into Chris DiDomizio’s Art School in Sandy Springs, GA. What’s outstanding about Chris DiDomizio’s art lectures, paintings & portraits, is his lifetime of discovering what art is about. The integrity behind didomizioartscenter.com and “Art with a Mission” for Haiti has earned him a right to speak into the lives of many beautiful individuals. The art studio has become my little sanctuary.