A little history about my journey as an artist
I paint because of a feeling of joy & fulfillment I experience while creating in the visual mediums. Reflecting back its been a lifetime journey for me and one I have never tired of. I am drawn to paint nature scenes…land and seascapes as well as flowers most often. A native born Californian, I graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga CA and attended Valley Jr. College in Van Nuys, CA and I studied Medical assisting. But I have always been interested in art and began my artist career in my early twenties while I was attending the University of Oregon studying drawing. Living in the splendor of Oregon’s pristine countryside sparked a deep passion and appreciation of nature in me and a desire to recreate paintings of the wilderness and natural beauty.
I found myself deeply inspired by the profound beauty of the area and took a local painting class in Eugene Oregon prior to enrolling in the University. I was delighted with the process and have continued to paint ever since. I have augmented my studies with technique workshops throughout the years and have studied with several talented and accomplished fellow artists along the way. The French impressionists have been an inspiration to me in that they never stopped pushing the limits of the “rules” in art, and in my opinion this is what true art is all about….as creativity is an exploritive process. I have also studied Alla prima technique with my mentor and friends Lucille DeThomas and CM Cooper. Who I will be forever grateful to for their guidance and encouragement and faith in my abilities to become a more accomplished artist.
I beleive we would all be happier and feel renew inner peace if we stopped more and sing nature’s song with her, felt the love of our creator deep inside ourselves and in the harmony of nature all around us. It is this glorious feeling of connectedness and gratitude that I seek to share with others thru my oil paintings. I do wish to convey that we are not separate form mother earth, but one with her and now it the time for us to take heed and stop polluting our very source, our only true home. I invite you to stand with me in appreciation and gratitude for all the Mother Earth gives us each and everyday!
I currently reside in Valencia,CA and work as lead graphic designer at Hi-torque Publications. I continue to paint in my studio at home and participate in local group art shows in my home town. While Oil painting remains my main medium, I do also enjoy creating inspirational Mixed media art as well. Happily, I have been selected several times to have my mixed media work published in the Somerset Magazine.