my grandfather that was composed
during the same time period while he was a student in Germany. This collection
also includes paintings by my mother, my two sons, John and Eric, my grandchildren,
as well as some of my own work. The fact that my father owns a framing
shop helps out a lot around here, as framing tends to be quite expensive!
My family is constantly growing. I have two wonderful sons, John and Eric.
Their loved ones, Anne and Crystal, have become the daughters that I never
had. Being a grandmother of seven (Jacob, Abby, Nick, Sean, Mitchell,
Danny, and Gracie) has brought me a tremendous amount of joy. I am very
proud of all of them.
As for my history in the decorative painting world, it started in about
1978. I wish that I could say that I was “hooked” from the
start, but in all honesty I wasn't, as most people were painting with
oil paints. When I discovered acrylics in 1980, my passion for decorative
painting took on a much greater significance. Now I was truly “hooked.”
For three years, I owned a tole painting shop and loved every minute of
Looking back, I remember the first book that I published with Susan Scheewe
Publications in 1986. When Count Your Blessings arrived from the printer,
I don’t think that I sat down for a week! Thirty-one books later,
it is still a thrill when someone tells me that they love my work. It
is an even bigger honor to know how much enjoyment people get from painting
the projects in these books.
There have been so many wonderful things that have happened to me throughout
the course of my career in the decorative painting field. I was the Convention
Artist for Society of Decorative Painting convention in Nashville, TN.
When the Society launched its Learn to Paint program in 2000, I was honored
when my design was chosen to be taught to thousands of people throughout
the US. This was such a wonderful project, involving untold, massive amounts
of work for the Society and huge contributions from all of the manufacturers.
I'm not sure that an adequate amount of praise or thanks for this could
be sung for everyone involved. This combined effort exposed a great number
of people to decorative painting.
Currently I work with Decorator and Craft Corporation, D&CC, on their
gift line, HIA and projects. I'm also a member of the Delta Design Force
team and serve on the editorial advisory committee for both PaintWorks
and Quick & Easy Painting magazines (both All American Craft, Inc.
publications). Recently, I became an Ambassador for Royal Brush Manufacturing,
Inc. My newest book, Blessings in a Jar 3, was released in Jan.
Can I imagine doing anything else? The answer is a firm No. There hasn’t
been a time in my life when I wasn’t involved in an artistic endeavor
of some form. I believe that God gives each of us a gift to share with
others and I think one of my greatest blessings was the discovery of my
gift. So many of us go through life never knowing, but I do know and hope
that I am given the ability to share it for many years to come, because
the greatest gift of all of this is you--the wonderful people I have met,
talked with on the phone, and come into contact with through decorative
Keep painting and keep smiling.