Hi, I’m Cheryl. I wish I could sing but I can’t.
Now that’s out of the way… I have identified as an artist roughly since age 12, either writing poetry and short stories or drawing and painting. Even before then I played piano for a bit but decided early on that it was not my forte, much to my great aunt’s chagrin as she paid for my lessons. For many years I would switch between my two loves, writing/drawing depending on what was moving me at the time until at some point, I was all in tune my visual art self in lieu of my literary side. So basically, I’ve been painting for almost 50 years yet I still have a lot to learn and practice to better my craft. As far as my literary side, well, my blog “Drips and Spatters” is as close as I’ve been for a very long time.
About those 50 years – I wish I could say that those years were all filled with studio time and being able to support myself and my family with the sales of my paintings. Alas, most of those years were spent in the military, in school, working a day job – one after another – and raising a family. Still, while doing all of that, I managed to paint on nights and weekends and short vacations. I owned an art gallery for a brief few years and worked with over 35 wonderful artists, some of whom had their first sales of their work with me. I’ve exhibited in various venues and served on occasion as a panel member for grant reviews and now I paint full time, on my own schedule, finally.