When did your career in the arts start?
My husband and I knew that that recession that hit in 2008 was eminent, even as far back as 2006, so we sold everything we had in Florida, closed our construction company and moved to Ketchikan, AK! My husband wanted to experience that lifestyle and we figured it was the perfect time. This was also the opportunity for me to really focus on my art as a career, rather than just dabble in it periodically. I started listing on eBay and my art was overwhelmingly received, I was literally painting 3-5 paintings every day and listing them at auction and shipping out just as many, and I haven't looked back since. It's my dream job, a dream that I've had as far back as I can remember. When asked as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said "an artist". But, practicality told me that I wouldn't be able to make a living as an artist, so I went to college instead, but so glad to have found the opportunities that have allowed me to make art my career. Note: After three years in Alaska, I just couldn't take the cold and long dreary winter days, so in late 2009 we moved back to Florida, and now split our time between the two states, the best of both worlds :)