From the Niagara region of Western New York, currently living in the town of Lockport, my love for painting began as a young girl. My hometown of Olcott for 25 years was always an inspiration to me with it's quaint little cottages, the harbor, the pines in Krull Park and the water of Lake Ontario. Though I didn't pursue art as a career, I continued to paint and use my talent for gifts and volunteering. The past seven years, however, it seemed as if God was redirecting my path and placing renewed desire inside me to paint and to bless others with it. After a series of changes in my life, I now find myself back in the studio.
Working from my home studio or en plein air, my sources of inspiration continue to be the beautiful waterscapes the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes and Niagara River provide, as well as, the landscapes here in WNY. I've also taken plenty of photo-references in my travels to use for my paintings. With the intent that one day my passion would be better-known I’ve challenged myself by taking small steps towards that goal over the years. I’ve taken classes with award-winning watercolor artists Kathleen Giles and Ray Lockhart and learned to paint murals for theatre with local artist Ninandre Bogue. I’ve taken two photography courses, hoping to be able to use my camera in a way that enhances the way I paint. I also belong to the American Society for Marine Artists (since 2012) and Niagara Frontier Plein Air Painters (since 2013). Currently, I'm working with Melanie Schulz of Black and White Publishing Company as an illustrator and am on my third project.
My work has also been represented at AMP Gallery, 454 Broadway Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.
There are many I need to give thanks to for all of their prayers and encouragement, but thank you to my children, Cheryl and Bradley Cass and my daughter-in-law Renee Cass for your long hours of help and support in "getting out there". I also have to give credit to my husband for his love of travel and appreciation of art. Taking me places I’ve never considered going before has been a huge inspiration and his encouraging words have helped me to take my passion and talents seriously. He said I must’ve been born with a pen in one hand (I love to write) and a paintbrush in the other!