“Everyone has something that they always wanted to do. Drawing and painting is that something for me. I remember my Grandmother drawing when I was a child. I always thought how wonderful her pictures were.
"And my Mother started painting when I was older. She painted boldly and her paintings are beautiful. I have a lot of them. These two women played a big part in my desire to be able to show my thoughts on paper, whether by pencil, soft pastels, watercolor or oils. I have also written a novel and several children’s stories.
"However, I didn’t start getting serious about drawing and painting till 2010. For some reason I have felt compelled to create. It may be because in 2009 I lost my sister, then my granddaughter on Easter. These two events were very hard for me. I would have liked to have taken some classes to teach me all about art and the different techniques and mediums but I couldn’t find anything close. So I taught myself by trial and error and the Internet. The end results are my pictures.
"I moved to Toledo in 2002. I was hired by the Tama County School District and have since retired from the school. I now work at Carrington Place. I met my husband, Kevin Kroger in 2004 and we married the same year I was born in Ottumwa about 90 miles south of here. My Mother, Donna Hoover still lives there. I like Toledo; it has such friendly people. I love to see all the smiling faces that greet me every place I go.
"I hope everyone will like and enjoy my pictures. I love doing them. I feel God has given me the ability to draw and paint. It is always a pleasure to sit with a pencil in my hand and a piece of paper just waiting for me to make marks on it. Or I have paints beside me waiting for me to explore the exciting colors and textures that I can create to express what I feel and see. Thank you for allowing me to share my works.”