I have always loved folk art. After taking classes with Dolores Furnari at the Country Owl Studio for several years, I discovered Fraktur, Pennsylvania German folk art of the 18th and 19th centuries. The stylized nature motifs such as the tulip and the peacock, the exuberant colors, and the creative designs of this “personal art” all inspire me. Painting primarily with acrylics on canvas, I like to create original, contemporary designs using the above fraktur conventions. Since fraktur “certificates” celebrated family events such as weddings, births and baptisms, most of my works are commissions which incorporate personal elements pertaining to the bride and groom, the baby’s family, etc. I also paint designs with fraktur motifs which do not pertain to family events. These designs are inspired by the Pennsylvania German schoolmasters’ creations which were awarded to their students for good work.