I have been interested in art for as long as I can remember. At the age of 3, I remember how I loved to scribble in coloring books. At the age of 10, I got my first oil painting set and in high school I took every art class that I could. I was a studio major in the 1970s and switched to an art history major after I realized that the teaching of art fundamentals was not in the program agenda.
I went on to obtain a teaching credential and taught at a public elementary for 30 years. I’ve always been drawn to figurative painting and have been influenced by the French Modernist painters Manet, Lautrec, Degas and Cassatt and the 20th century artists Egon Schiele, Hopper, and Wyeth. Over the years I’ve been able to gain valuable instruction from classes and workshops with Daniel Greene, Rex Brandt, Tim Clark, George James and Fealing Lin to name just a few. Much of what I have learned about painting has been through reading books, copying other paintings and through much trial and error.
I began painting in oils, but after my first attempt at soft pastels garnered me the top honor in a show I became hooked. I love the immediacy and versatility of that medium. In the past few years I decided to try out the unforgiving medium of watercolor. I wanted to work with something more portable for plein aire painting. I also wanted something that was easy to store. I enjoy using gouache for its opacity and the ability to build up the surface. I have spent some time experimenting with watercolor on Yupo paper. Yupo paper is a synthetic material in which the watercolor does not soak in, but rather lays on the surface. It’s quite easy to remove paint once it’s applied which is both a blessing and a curse.
Several years ago I took a mixed media class from Chris Sullivan and I was hooked! I was able to incorporate many of the techniques I learned in various media and combine them. What I love most about mixed media is its flexibility which allows me to work intuitively with minimal preplanning It has freed up the feeling of dread I would get thinking about making the wrong decisions and ruining a piece of artwork that I’d spent a lot of time on. While not every painting is a success, the process itself is fun. I have been able to work with subject matter and images that have special meaning to me and to try to only please myself. I have had a great response to this new work which has been so gratifying and tell me that I am on the right track. My paintings have won several top awards in local art competitions and I had a piece published in the North Light Art book titled: Incite 3, The Art of Storytelling--The Best of Mixed Media 2015 and three pieces in the 2016 book titled: Incite 4
Relax, Restore, and Renew. I have also been doing a series of workshops at my home studio. I presented a Mixed Media workshop for the Huntington Beach Art League in the spring of 2016 and was voted "Artist of the Year" by their members that same year. Most recently I've been doing demos in acrylic using a palette knife at local art associations and was the juror for a Huntington Harbour Art Association's art exhibit. I also did a slide presentation on my artistic journey for the Orange County Museum of Art's Docent Meeting.
Most recently, one of my plein air acrylic paintings is being published in a special Acrylic Works 7 magazine that will be on newsstands in August. Also one of my watercolor paintings has been selected to be in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies at the Boise State Museum in Idaho this summer.
Please have a look in my virtual galleries where you will find information about each piece you view. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.