I am a professional artist and art teacher, receiving my formal art education at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Arkansas. I taught high school art and humanities, earned a doctorate in secondary education, and with my husband, reared eight children! Even after retirement in 1993, I have continued to teach children, teenagers, and adults as well as studying under well known teachers. My media are pen and ink, watermedia, pastel, and colored pencil. Because of all my experiences and guidance from my teachers and mentors, I have a lot of suggestions, tips, and techniques to share with others. This then is the reason for my blog: to pass on some of this knowledge to other artists and to ‘wanna be” artists. I intend to post at least three times a week. The first group will be compositional ideas, the second group will be sketchbook ideas, and the third group will be some tips and techniques in particular media. I sincerely hope you will find some good advice in some of these posts!

  1. Impressive bio! I’ll follow your blog. Tthanks so much for connecting.

  2. Great website. It is so full of information. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. A big thanks for being the Mid Southern Watercolorists Regional Advisor for the Pulaski Co. area.
    Your Art Spirit Friend, Charlotte Rierson

  3. I used to draw a lot and painted in oil for a while. I’m going to follow your blog and see where it takes me:-)

  4. Hi, Mary Ann,
    Please let me know about your classes. I learned so much from you. I wish you all the best there is!

  5. Hi, Grace. Thanks for your kind remark. I will be teaching portrait and figure drawing at the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center in Maumelle January 15 – Feb. 26. Call 501-851-4344 for information. I’m not teaching anywhere else.

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