La Crank fine art

"Anything under the sun is beautiful of you have the vision. It is the seeing of the thing that makes it so."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charles Hawthorne
As I grew up I loved our family visits to my grandfather's apartment in Chicago. The smell of oil paints and turpentine, and his many pieces of art hung salon-style in his living room captivated me each time we stopped by. My parents always encouraged creativity, and I was fortunate enough to attend The American Academy of Art in Chicago in the early '70s. In addition to studying under accomplished teachers, I was also invited to work on staff as an assistant in the photography department.

My most rewarding project was revising and illustrating a literacy primer while I, my husband and two sons worked overseas in Pakistan for ten years. After returning from abroad, I began to study oil painting in the Cincinnati area. Currently I am a Signature Member of the Cincinnati Art Club, a member of the Greenacres Artists' Guild, am most fortunate to learn from Carl Samson from time to time, and to work full-time as a fine artist, both taking commissions and creating my own works of art.
Six days of the week you will find me in my studio working on a still life or portrait, or outdoors painting en plein air or regularly reading art history and writing about it for Facebook and my blog, Diversions.

It is my desire to grow as much as I can as an artist through all of these efforts so that I may communicate what I see, think and feel through my work.
Upon graduation I became a commercial artist at the Emmett J. Newman
Studio in Chicago's Loop, then worked as an illustrator for newspaper
articles, books, magazines and advertising agencies.