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JK Toler ~

My ontogeny is a gallimaufry of oxymorons.

This means that my development as a human has been a hodge-podge of contradictions and complications. I chose this introductory group of words to embrace my uniqueness. Virtually I am a self-taught artist with assistance from friends, books, demos, and workshops. I have won awards, been in noteworthy shows and exhibits. My art is on the cd cover “Endulzame” by musician Norma Zenteno and on a game site called Doom. Art fulfills my life.

I have done many things in my life, none of them major enough to get an article in the Time magazine, yet, but all have been interesting to me. I've been an Artist, Bass’n Gal (Professional Fisher-gal/won a boat), Realtor(Broker), Color- Coordinator, Gift Wrapper, Graphic Designer, Hospital Volunteer, Library Story-Teller, Model, New Home Detailer, Outside Sales, Photographer, Poet, Printer (owned the company), Published a book of poetry; "Cassandra", Swimming Instructor, Telephone Operator, Wallpaper Hanger, and Writer. At Events I’ve been an Auctioneer, Decorator, Easter Bunny, Fortune Teller, Ms. Santa Claus, Solicitor for Donations, and a Witch. I have participated in many organizations where I have held various positions from President to flunky: Art, Civic, Fishing, Gardening, PTA and Writers. Whew! Thank goodness this took place over a period of 40 years, or I would be exhausted.

My family and friends are the most important part of my life. I love people, children and animals and have an ability to communicate mentally/emotionally with them. Deeply spiritual, I believe in God, Jesus and Angels and have had many personal experiences with my personal guardian Angel, Gabriel. I was born in Texas in February in 1941. Married the first time 22 yrs., had three wonderful children: Stephen, David and Sabrina. The second marriage added two step sons to the family, Mark and Scott. Now there is a passel of grandchildren and one great grandchild. My current husband, John, is my true soul mate going on 25 years.

I am still trying to find myself or my “style” and it is very difficult, because I love art in so many forms. My journey began in earnest at age 62. I used to joke and tell people, “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up”, but now I know… it is an artist. I will be particularly blessed, if you enjoy my art as much as I enjoyed creating it!

My mottos for living: “I am almost perfect, but not quite”. & “One hundred years from now, what difference will it or I make?”

In Life, Family, Friends and Art ~ my blessings abound. ...may yours, too!