I grew up in Santa Clara when the South Bay was still mostly fruit orchards. My parents recognized my talent at a very young age and encouraged arts and crafts. Art was my best subject throughout school. In college I majored in art until I discovered Interior Design! For over thirty years I poured most of my creative energy into my Interior Design business. In the early nineties I moved to Sausalito. Almost nightly, I witnessed glorious sunsets behind Mt.Tamalpias. My fingers itched to recreate what I saw on paper. I tried several media’s, watercolor, acrylics but it was soft pastel that worked for best me! I have since, painted hundreds of sunsets and sunrises in soft pastel. I work mostly from photographs , since light changes quickly. I enjoy making landscapes which feature nature. My love of all animals has led me to capture my many critters. My pet portraits of dogs, cats and birds are still in demand. I enjoy making a piece of art that reminds my patrons of happy times. My phylosophy in Interior Design is to create beauty in spaces. In artwork, I strive to recreate happy memories in sinc with today’s environment.
My current favorite medium is soft pastel. Pure pigment is pressed into sticks similar to a piece of chalk. Using sanded paper and workable fixative, I can layer and build an image, soft ,blurry or sharp and crisp. I also love to draw with pencil, charcoal, and pen and ink. My favorite way to paint is with watercolors.
My artwork studio is on a yacht in Sausalito. This location gives me the unique opportunity to witness nature in all her glory! The sky water and light are constantly changing. The combinations of colors and drama in the sunrises and sunsets are almost unbelievable. I also have Mt. Tamalpias minutes away. I love to explore trails through thousands of years old redwood groves. I am truly blessed to be able to work in this place. I hope my gratitude shines through my work.