I am a born and raised Californian, and have resided in (Paradise) San Diego since 1980. I’ve had a passion for gardening for thirty years, and celebrate our blooming season, which is all year round. I grow a colorful array of flowering perennials, fruit trees and fragrant roses. I longed to be an artist since childhood, and began my art practice 25 years ago. Painting is my unspoken language, it’s how I communicate my feelings when a scene takes my breath away. Capturing the beauty of the dazzling wonderland that surrounds me is my purpose and therefore my gift to others.
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I wait for a subject to reach out and arrest me in my tracks. Staring at it, I try to grasp what it is that creates such a strong desire to memorialize it in paint. Then I ask myself “what can I convey to my viewer with my unique voice?” I then photograph my subject in the most interesting lighting. I may draw, then paint my subject in a variety of media to further study and to gain intimacy. I experiment with monochromatic, tonal, layering, wiping off, glazing, and abstract techniques using graphite, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, oil and encaustic beeswax. Once I’m able to see my vision appearing, I remain focused on painting an original… from my true self.
Each day, as I meander along the walking paths in my sanctuary garden, or on the beach at sunset,
I am struck by the over-the-top palette of sun light and dappled shadows sparkling through the petals or through the breaking waves.
I have been called to communicate on canvas, what I felt at that moment when the colors were so vivid and the shapes of light and shadow so seductive.
Using my artistic voice to translate the language of allure, mood and mystery of the natural world, is what inspires me.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
“Art and the Creative Process” earned straight “A’s”
CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR
2007 Gold Award, Home Wine Label Competition
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
2006 Silver Award, Home Wine Label Competition
SACRAMENTO HOME WINE MAKERS JUNE JUBILEE
2006 Bronze Award, Home Made Wine Label Competition
GREEN ART HOUSE SPRING SHOW
2019 1st Place, Oil Plein Air Landscape
SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR
2019 2nd Place, Pastel Still Life
CARLSBAD OCEANSIDE ART LEAGUE
2019 2nd Place, Oil Black and White Cityscape
FALLBROOK ART ASSOCIATION
3rd Place, Oil Still Life
creating encaustic originals
I have a fascination with painting with melted aromatic beeswax. My voice is revealed with each translucent layer, giving it deeper meaning.
The wax seems to have a mind of it’s own, I must be willing to relinquish some level of control in order to manifest my creative expression.
It inspires me to practise fundamentals of good art design.
Teaching oil painting has been one of my great honors and made me a better artist.
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