As a child, I wasn’t particularly interested in art. I took the usual art classes that most kids take but I didn’t pursue it at home.
It was when my husband went into the army that I finally started becoming interested in painting. All of a sudden, I was in Texas, had no job and my family was thousands of miles away. The only plus, as far as I was concerned, was the craft building on the army base which gave me painting supplies. For the first time, I started to paint.
Although DuCret is actually a three year program, it took me 7-1/2 years to finish because I went part-time. When I started, there were only a few older students and I felt a little out of place because the majority of my fellow classmates were just out of high school, but I didn’t let it bother me. I finally graduated in 1989.
Later, when digital cameras came out and Print On Demand websites became available, I became interested in photography. I feel that photography has opened up my art to new themes and I spend many weekends photographing new places.
Whenever someone tells me that they wish they had learned something as a child but it’s too late now, I always tell them that you can start learning something new anytime. I know that’s what I did.