Born and raised in Iowa, Cease was taught to paint in oils at a young age by her mother and later took many art courses throughout high school but experienced very little watercolor. She let her painting mainly go to the wayside until 2012 when her husband, Gene, bought her a watercolor class through AKMA as a Christmas gift.
“I’d always loved the look of watercolor but really didn’t know the proper techniques. Having learned the basics of oil painting, it was difficult to make the jump as the approach to watercolor is the exact opposite of oil,” says Cease. Cease took to it quickly and from there it unfolded extensively.