I paint in folk art style. I like bright colors and the comings and goings of daily life. There is beauty and humor in every day, and I like to capture a snapshot of it in my artwork. Last year I discovered the fun of drawing directly on a tablet computer, which allows me to work with photos and also provides the freedom to work anywhere. It makes reproduction of art for cards or prints as simple as pushing a button. But my first love will always be painting.
When did you start making your art?
I began making art the day I first picked up a crayon. A family friend had a pastel drawing by Eddie Arning on his wall and I always loved it. It is featured in Time-Life books, "The Mind." It is a seated nude made up of colored birds. I still look for Eddie Arning's work whenever I go to the American Visionary Art Museum. Growing up in Alexandria, Va., we often went to the National Gallery of Art. I vividly remember two huge Thomas Cole paintings being overwhelmingly beautiful. I love the idea of someone taking home something that I have made.
What is your inspiration?
My inspirations are the simple gifts we often take for granted: a clear day, a tree, the curves of a body, a cat playing or a quiet moment. If you really look, there is inspiration everywhere.
Do you make a living at your art?
I am often sidetracked, but art is far from being a hobby; it is my goal in life. As a single parent of three, being a "starving artist" was not on the agenda.
What are your current non-art jobs?
I work full-time with finances and grants at Right Turn Management in Cambridge. We manage youth and adult programs that provide treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. We also recently opened an emotional growth boarding school in Waynesburg, Pa.
Who is your favorite artist? Why?
My favorite artist is Henri Matisse. His paintings are full of color and mood, and his portraits are rich and interesting.
Where in the community can your work be found?
View my art on the Internet at www.artfully1.com or check out Antonia Burns Originals on eBay, where 20 percent of my sales are donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer education and research; or in person come to B&B Sport Aviation at Cambridge Airport for paintings of pretty ladies flying airplanes. It has been my good fortune that the owner, Ted Bryant, hangs a large sampling of my art. Currently, I am looking to rent space to display, sell and possibly work in.
What do you think the Eastern Shore can do to improve its arts scene?
Personally, I think the Eastern Shore has a wonderful art scene with many galleries and events that promote local artists as well as art from all over.