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. I took every art class that I could in high school. I was a studio art major at Cal State Fullerton in the mid-70s. I soon changed my major to art history when I realized that teaching art fundamentals was not something that was highly regarded at that institution.
After graduating from college I worked at different job, some related to art, but some not. I decided to get a multiple subject teaching credential a few years later. After student teaching in the 5th grade, I was hooked on that age level. I have since taught that grade level in the public schools for 30 years. I feel so fortunate that I’ve always able to share my talents, expertise, and love of art with students, teachers, and the community. I was also blessed with having enough free time to continue to pursue my own art, while at the same time not concerning myself with making money off it.
Over the years I’ve been able to study under many accomplished artists such as Frank Tauriello, Daniel Greene, Rex Brandt, Tim Clark, Tom Fong, and Fealing Lin to name just a few. Much of what I learned has been through reading books, copying other paintings, and through trial and error. Although the subjects of my artwork have varied over the years, I always come back to the figure.
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.
A couple of 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 new 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 did demos in acrylic using a palette knife at the Huntington Beach Art League and the Tustin Art Association's Monthly meeting, was the juror for a Huntington Harbour Art Association's art exhibit, and did a slide presentation on my artistic journey for the Orange County Museum of Art's Docent Meeting.
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.