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About Me

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I have loved drawing for as long as I can remember. When I was about four, my sister showed me how to draw stick figures and cats out of circles and triangles and I can recall how it thrilled me. In elementary school I spent more time drawing than studying (not such a good thing). The teachers often asked me to draw posters for their classes and I also won several art contests as a child. Unfortunately, I had many struggles growing up and as a result, my art skills were eventually forgotten. Then came children and family commitments and, until I met Larry in 1999, art was the last thing on my mind. As a result of his insistence, I made the decision to become serious as an artist. It's been an exciting journey and my only regret is not starting sooner!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lolly

I try, in all of my work, to create the feeling that the image is fleeting, as if you are looking at a split second in time. I think this drawing is an excellent example of that.

Kylia

This piece won second place in an international art contest. It's one of my first portrait drawings.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tina

I also do commissions of tasteful nudes.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tommy


Tommy, originally uploaded by tonikrause61.

This is a much better photo of this than what is shown on my website.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Josephine

This is one of my first portrait paintings.

Kylia

This is my second portrait drawing. It won second prize in an international art contest. It is a drawing of one of my students, Kylia, when I was teaching at a private school. Her mother commissioned me to do this after seeing my first portrait drawing of another student in the same class, which was sold for $100 to his parents.
I lost track of Kylia and her family so they never received this drawing. This is the drawing that made me realize that I needed to get serious about my artistic abilities.

Memory

Second place award winner that was juried by renowned artist, John De La Vega.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Memory close up


this was displayed at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art for the Metro Montage exhibit.
It's available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Memory

This is one of my earlier paintings. It's a water color.
The size is 14 1/2 x 21 1/4
It is available for purchase.

Cecil

This is a water color painting of a friend of mine named Cecil. He is a fellow artist who attends a weekly sketch group at Shane Mc Donald's studio in Marietta Ga.

As you can tell, I've loosened up a bit on this one compared to the ones of Doodles and Memory.

I'm Happy Now

This is a drawing of my daughter Theresa when she was three; it's one of my earlier drawings.
At the time I had no idea what to do with the background.

Doodles

This is one of my first portrait paintings. It's a water color.

Baby Jack

Thursday, July 2, 2009

This is a picture of my daughter Memory and me. I've done several pieces with her as my subject.

Larry

This is a 12x14 1/2 charcoal drawing of a model for a work shop with John De La Vega.

It is available for $1,000.

Cheyenne


This is a 16x29 painting of a little girl named Cheyenne. I completed it in June of 09.

I recently entered this in an international art contest. I don't know yet if I won anything.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Male Nude

This is a model from a sketch group that I attended. I found him to be very beautiful and interesting. He has a very calm and peaceful confidence about him.


This drawing is available for $1,ooo.