I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have fond memories of attending music and art camp in the Santa Cruz mountains in my youth. However, I put my passion for creativity on the back burner as a pre-med/biology student at Cal State Fresno. I moved to Mission Viejo, California in 1979 and then followed my calling to become an artist.
Enrolling at Saddleback College in 1980, I took every art class offered, completed the Graphic Design certificate program, and worked as a graphic designer for the next 10 years. I pursued an MFA at Cal State Long Beach, obtaining a teaching credential in 2009. Art education became my primary focus for the next 10 years as I taught visual art in Capistrano Unified School District until June, 2017. I am an active member of the California Art Education Association, leading workshops for art educators.
As you’ll see in my art at the gallery, watercolor has been my preferred media because I enjoy the challenge. My painting style has been influenced by master artists, Georgia O’Keefe and Joseph Rafael, and contemporary watercolorists George James and Katherine Anderson. I am drawn to images of nature with strong contrasts and vivid color. My current work is watercolor on Yupo (a smooth synthetic paper) which provides an opportunity to create small abstractions within a larger realistic composition.
My other artist expression, street art, started as a hobby and a way to promote the arts in my community. It has now become an excuse to escape on periodic “art-cations” to chalk festivals around the country. I have received awards and featured artist recognition in various street painting events including Arts Alive in Mission Viejo, OC Fair, Big Fork, MT, Via Arte in Bakersfield, Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, ChalktoberFest in Marietta, Georgia, and the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida.
Exhibits, Awards, and Professional Groups
OC Fair – Featured Street Painter, 2017
California Art Education Association (CAEA) Member 2007 – Current
Irvine Conference Workshop Chair – 2015
Workshop Instructor – 2013, 2014
CAEA Teacher as Artist Annual Juried Show – 2011 – 2016
Carlsbad Art Splash Chalk Festival – Best 12’ Square Award – October, 2014
Laguna Beach: Art-a-Fair, Juried Show, 2011, 2012, 2013
Favorite Watercolor Artist, July 2011
Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival, Mission Viejo
Honorable Mentions 2013, 2014
Best in Show April 2009
Featured Artist, April 2010
CSULB, Art Education Student of the Year, June 2009
CSULB – Juried Shows Fall/Spring 2008, 2009
The Window Gallery – Fine Art, San Juan Capistrano 2001 – 2006
OC Fair – Fine Art Exhibit
2nd Place, Professional Watercolor, 2007
Honorable Mentions, Professional Watercolor July 2006, 2008,
Third Place, Professional Watercolor – OC Fair July 2004
Mission Viejo Library – Solo Exhibit 2000
Saddleback Art League President, 2002 – 2006
Saddleback Art League Annual Juried Art Show – 2000 – 2006
Best in Show Spring 2004
Orange Art Association Juried Show – 2001, 2002
Quail Run Gallery – Two Woman Show – 1999
Works of Art