I have always been an artist. Mom bought endless flat boxes of Prang crayons for me. they were the best. And it was an awesome day when she could afford the longest box with bronze, silver & gold. I studied art in high school. We destroyed the kiln doing experimental firing using mothballs (without permission). But the pieces turned out awesome!
I studied art in college. Miami University, the real Miami in Oxford, Ohio not that other one in Florida, where I was born incidentally. And continued my art studies at Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary in Richmond, Virginia. I went to RPI back when it was a cozy little collection of art classes and studios in carriage houses type school. And painting classes on the top floor of the gym. Fun lugging canvases and supplies up three flights but better than risking the cantankerous elevator. Now it’s VCU and renown for its art influence but totally different, except for the real estate. David Allen Harvey was a popular student in the commercial art department but he would never remember me. I was fine arts. The two did not mix. We knew him as Dave.
I taught art at Varina HS where with not ever to be equalled co-sponsor, Virginia Mistr, we took a toss away yearbook to trophy level in one year.
I married Donny Ball from Sandston, we raised five amazing kids. And now have 10 soon to be 11 grands. This man, this wonderful man built me the studio you see pictured here. Finally I have my own working art space and it was well worth the wait.
Between having private camp for the grands and painting I have written a book series on the Easter Bunny and love. Hop on down the bunny trail to his page, Wellington Rabbit. He loves company.