I have called myself an artist even as a child, influenced by creative parents who surrounded us with the arts and the process of art.
I have a fine arts degree from San Jose State University and have also trained at the Cleveland Institute of Arts, Cooper School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. While in Sonora, CA I studied with several successful local artists and was a long-standing member of the Mother Lode Art Assoc. and Tuolumne County Arts Alliance. In June 2015 my husband and I relocated to Gardnerville, NV and I am now an active member of the Carson Valley Arts Council and the Nevada Arts Association. I show at regional art shows and at Gallery at Prism, Minden; East Fork Gallery, Gardnerville; Nevada Art Association Gallery, Carson. I love to teach adults and children and awaken in them the idea of “seeing with their fingers” using contour and blind contour drawing exercises and giving them confidence that they can paint with watercolor successfully. Currently, I teach by appointment in my home studio.
For over 40 years, my professional career was as a graphic designer. I worked for advertising agencies, marketing/pr firms, corporate creative departments, and colleges. I also ran my own graphic design business for many years. My passion in producing art is not to emulate what I see but to put it into color and feeling what I experience. My best work comes when I have experienced a scene or flowers, study it with color, composition in mind, and joy of the heart, and then photograph for further reference. I love the process of paint to paper and use the full range of color and light. I am also available for commissions. My studio is in my home and I am available by appointment.