In 1969 I attended dance classes at the Martha Graham Studio in N.Y.C. After a B.A. in Dance from Mills College, my continued focus was dance, which I trained and taught for 25 years. From 1998 through the present time, I have been on a quest to draw and paint. First I drew with my two children. They inspired me.
Drawing and painting the figure is my challenge and inspiration. I studied at Cabrillo Jr. College for eight years completing all the requirements for a degree in painting in studio art (except Art History). I studied Historical Figure Painting with Noah Buchanan at Cabrillo and at Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier with Juliette Aristides. Additionally, I studied with Barbara Bailey Porter, Susie Wilson, Joan Hellenthal, Mary Jo Koch, Pauline Agnew, Martin Campos, as well as Felicia Forte, Lindsay Kusich, Diana Corvelle and Jacob Hankenson at the Sadie Valerie studio San Francisco. The teachers who have influenced me the most are Michelle Giulvezan Tanner, Melinda Cootsona, and Jerry Mcglaughlin.
The artists who inspire me are Alice Neel, Rembrandt, Ann Gade, Melinda Cootsona, Brian Rutenberg and Linda Christiansen.
My current series, “Earthbound to Airborn”, is painted in Oil and Cold wax on wood panel. I continually draw and paint in watercolor, charcoal, and pastel. All which can be incorporated into the multi-media of painting in Oil and Cold wax.
2020 deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA., “Open Exhibit – On the Edge”. October 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
2021 Scotts Valley Library, Scotts Valley, CA., “Earthbound to Airborn”
2013 Vino Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA., “First Friday Faces and Places”
2012 Azhar, Santa Cruz, CA., “First Friday Five Years of My Work”
2013 Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA., “The Drawing Salon”
2012 Michaelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA., “Day of the Dead”
2012 Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA., “Santa Cruz Watercolor Society – Best of the West (Honorable Mention)”
2009 Pajaro Valley Art Center, Watsonville, CA.
2009 Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA., “Saladarity: an Amalgamation of Sprouting Artists”
2009-2013 Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA.