In 2015, I created a mermaid character named Murna. She was included in my grand public library exhibition for the entire year. Murna was a fan favorite and people still ask about her! I drafted an original story outline for Murna and set it aside until now.
My artistic career started in the library. I have held academic residencies in research libraries, artist residencies in children’s libraries, and worked in fine arts libraries. As an artist-in-residence in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania, I wanted to visit the local library and see the town’s history. I also wanted to donate an original illustration to the library to create a lasting relationship with the area. Of course, the library was bustling with visitors and children during my visit! I met the wonderful librarians and was given a grand tour by the library’s manager. Their art collection is stunning and full of local history along with internationally known artists. The library manager also took me to the headquarters of the Uniontown Art Club and I saw their newest display of art and craft. I even bought a hand-thrown ceramic cup for my mother made by the Club’s president!
As an artist-in-residence at a sprawling resort, I am often traveling to different locations to make art. Sometimes, I work outside on the porch. Friday nights, during happy hour, I am required to create artwork live in the lobby for guests. I have a table and chair set up in the lobby each Friday and mingle with guests as I draw. No, I do not create caricature portraits of the guests! Although, no shade if that’s your thing! I am able to fit a small framed art piece (sometimes up to three), art supplies, a pad of paper, business cards, and more in my canvas tote bag with sturdy leather straps. I have a backpack purse that can fit inside sometimes too. I carry my lightweight portable drawing table along with a plank of wood and a clamp to keep it in place. All of this is possible for me to manage on my own and now I love traveling as an artist!