Cherry I Oil on Canvas 6"X8"
Lemon I Oil on Canvas 6"X8"
I think I have gone full circle. When I was growing up all I wanted to be was an art teacher. In fact, when I started at school at OU, I wanted to major in Art Education, but they did not have that there. So, I thought I would get my degree in Fine Art. Then I changed it to photography. That was way too dark for me. I need lots of light. When I went to UCO I changed my major to Interior Design. At the time I was working at the Fabric Factory in Oklahoma City and some of the interior designers would mention that I had a knack for the field. Plus, working with my parents at their upholstery shop I knew textiles, furniture styles, and had measurements down. Anyways, I loved the history of interior design, and even enjoyed the regulations part of it. I detested the drafting part-which is pretty big for interior designers. After a year of drafting it was all I could take. I changed my studies for the last time back to Fine Art and graduated from UCO in 2006.
I have always volunteered in one way or another—I think everyone should, by the way. I must say though, it is not all selfless. I really get great pleasure and look forward with great enthusiasm to be of service to my community, especially when it comes to working with children. I have been contemplating teaching for a few years now. Part of it is knowing how much my art teachers gave to me and the difference it made in my life. I want to give that back to others. The other is that I believe I will be very happy doing that and that I should give it a try, or in the future I will regret not having done so.
As a few of you are aware, I am in the process of acquiring alternative teacher certification. I have passed the exams!!! I was so happy. Now, we will see where life takes me and my family with these new opportunities. For now, I will go back to school and work on my Masters.
I am, of course, grateful to Gail Sloop for writing me a wonderful letter of recommendation and for being great moral support along with my other dear friends and loving family. I am truly blessed to have a wonderful group of cheerleaders behind me, no matter what plans I may have at the time.