A large family and teaching career kept Dr Stafford from pursuing a serious career in the fine arts until retirement in 1993. Her education credentials include a BSE and MA degrees in English; art hours from Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Arkansas, and an EdD in Secondary Education with an emphasis in art education. She taught high school English, humanities, and art for sixteen years, was an assistant principal for five years, and was Staff Development Coordinator at the Arkansas Department of Education until retirement.
Since then, She has been painting full time and has taken several workshops from nationally recognized artists, including Doug Dawson, Richard McKinley, Sally Strand, Carole Katchen, Gerald Brommer, and Skip Lawrence. She has been juried into many regional and national shows and featured in solo shows in Fort Smith, El Dorado, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Stuttgart, and Hot Springs. She enjoys working with watercolor, collage, and mixed media, but pastel is her chosen medium because it is both a drawing and painting medium, both of which she loves. The versatility and immediacy of the medium are most appealing to her; her favorite method of working is layering hard and soft pastels over an underpainting. Since teaching more drawing classes as of late, she is currently working with pen and ink on a watercolor background, and in colored pencil.
Dr. Stafford is a member and volunteers at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church in Little Rock. She is a Signature member of the Arkansas League of Artists, a member of the Conway League of Artists, and a founding member of the Arkansas Pastel Society with Signature-status membership. She also holds Signature-status membership in the Pastel Society of the Southwest (Texas) and Diamond Signature membership in the Mid-Southern Watercolorists , where she serves as a regional advisor for Central Arkansas area.