I have always been an artist of one sort or another. To create is less an action for me than it is a primal necessity. I am fortunate to have had steady encouragement from family and friends to continue my artistic endeavors.
I was always eagerly active in art classes in school and had some formal tutoring as my parents could afford it. I graduated from Oklahoma State University Technical Institute, in Okmulgee, OK, with an Associates Degree in Industrial Drafting in 1977. I worked as a draftswoman for several years when it was done the old-fashioned way with analog tools and sometimes an eraser.
The day after graduation, I married the love of my life, Gordon Grotts. We are still in love and together today.
We created our son in 1981 and I became a stay-at-home mother whose creative interests never wavered. From 1982 through 1989 I was lead singer in a couple of popular, regional rock & roll bands. During those years my creative energies were channeled into song writing.
With a growing child, a changing world and the fact that traditional drafting skills were becoming obsolete, it became necessary to manifest another source of income. With the support of my husband and one of my friends I returned to school. In 1990 I graduated from Al Collins Graphic Design School in Tempe, Arizona as the Valedictorian with a 4.25 GPA.
I spent nearly all of the next decade as a graphic designer for a number of companies as well as doing my own freelance design.
Having the blessing of a most supportive husband an artist could ask for, I am now able to dedicate myself solely to my art.
I don't know where my art will take me. I only know the need to create drives me forward . . . and that it's a satisfying and grand adventure.