Grace grew up in Louisiana and has been doing some form of
art for as long as she can remember. “Painting, sketching in
school,” she recalls. She has been winning awards since she
was in elementary school and 4H Clubs. She sells her
paintings and crafts now, of course, but this is nothing
new. Back in the day, back in elementary school, she sold
her art for quarters to the other kids.
After high school, Grace attended Southern University for a
year and then made her way to Toledo with her husband … and
continued her painting, sculpture, greeting cards, ceramics,
and so on. In fact, her first paintings were done on
ceramics, such as cookie jars (she was once dubbed “the
cookie jar lady”), when she eventually decided that if she
could paint on ceramic, she could paint on canvas – so she
did exactly that.
Fifteen years ago, she started her canvas work in different
styles – abstract, surrealism, portraits.
“I’m fascinated with all forms of art,” she says today of
the eclecticism of her styles and her media. “I want to do
continuous artwork, I want to be good at it, I want to be
great at it.”
Grace also wants to expand, as do so many other artists,
beyond the confines of Toledo. “I’m working hard to
accumulate enough work to do that,” she says. “I have
displayed in Atlanta but I want to go farther than that.”
And she wants to go further with her ventures. Recently she
started doing some woodwork and made a curio, “then I made a
Obviously, there are no limits for the cookie jar lady.