One spring in the mid 90's, I had so many excess plants from the garden that I was getting heart sick of composting them. Tom’s sister, Koona Sutter,was in charge of the Oliphant Family Market and suggested I bring the plants to the market and sell them there. I scrounged pots and filled them with the plants. When I ran out of pots, I simply put them into plastic bags and loaded them all into our Volkswagen van. By the end of that first May 24 market day, I came home with $125- in cash feeling elated and so excited.
You may be wondering what this has to do with my paintings. I began to notice by August each year, plant sales declined or totally fell off. I needed something to augment sales and earn my keep while Tom was still going off doing carpentry jobs. The paintings fit the bill!!!
A few years later I suggested Tom join me at Oliphant. He built an incredible covered wagon that allowed us to haul many hundreds of plants to market along with my paintings. And then we both became carneys and a travelling road show selling not only my paintings, but matching cards and page hugs ... but that is another story!
At that point I had reinvented myself at least half a dozen times. Each change brought excitement and a little fear. I kept those butterflies in my stomach in formation and followed my heart. Each time I grew in ways I had not dreamed.