I have been a professional artist for over 45 years. I spent the first part of my career in Salina, Kansas, where I worked at the Salina Art Center and also operated a studio, The Upstairs Gallery, with two other artists.
I currently live near Lawrence, Kansas with my husband, Tom Schmiedeler, where I work and teach art classes in my studio. I am now retired, but I still enjoy teaching drawing classes for the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.
My first memory related to art is at the age of five in kindergarten at Oakdale Elementary School in Salina, Kansas.
Wearing a little painting smock, I remember standing before a child’s two-sided easel with the paint pots in the tray at the bottom and being totally mesmerized by the moving blob of red paint that I had just brushed on the paper. I watched it run all the way down the length of the paper. I was hooked! Read more…