I began taking art lessons in 2010 and went on to receive awards in local, statewide and national competitions eventually showing my art at the Crocker Art Museum, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the Yellowstone Art Museum and the California State Fair. My art has been displayed in galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sacramento and Folsom California.
Before becoming an artist, my area of expertise and professional work life were centered around computers and technical writing. Once I picked up a paint brush, I left that world behind and have never looked back.
I transition easily between representational and abstract art and between the mediums of acrylic and oils. This variety allows me to create a range of work that is pleasing to a broad diversity of interests. Adding the cold wax medium to my oil paintings has been a unique and pleasurable experience. It has allowed me to experiment more and to take risks I never thought possible.
When painting my more abstract compositions I have a free-form way of layering color, paper and line. The process of layering and removing and layering again is one that fascinates me and helps to create a history within my pieces.
My artwork has been called painterly, inventive, fun and colorful, with a little wit thrown in on the side. I want to have fun creating my art and for those who see it to feel a sense of joy and connection. I hope viewers will do the same thing I do when I finish a painting—that is to smile.