I was born and raised in northern California, the only child of artist parents. My father taught drawing and painting for 20 years at CCAC (California College or Arts and Crafts), now California College of Art, in Oakland. I grew up exposed to a wide variety of materials and possibilities, The views, ideas and philosophies of my parents and their artist friends, a s well as an open attitude toward Art as a way of life. My parents encouraged exploring creative expression and made different mediums available to me. I dabbled and explore with my parents tutelage.
Always the rebel, I declined going to art school with my father's encouragement to just paint as much as I could, since through experience I would discover technique and learn by doing. I chose Acrylic on wood panel as my focus in 2002 when my youngest of two children was 2years old. I enjoy hula hooping, drinking coffee, colorful language, creative writing and the fantastic artistic community of Nevada County, where I have lived since 1996. I live in Nevada City with my partner and our combined 3 teenagers. I have shown in a variety of venues though out the greater Bay Area and Northern California.
The beauty of the natural world is my inspiration. While I sometimes use photos for reference, I also draw from my imagination and inner world. I am drawn to landscapes, forests, trees, grasslands and some animals- ravens, owls and buffalo. I am exploring the blend of different elements and materials. I am pushing the perspective of realism and flat decorative work. What intrigues me is synthesizing different elements. By using my own hand carved rubber stamps, acrylic paint and paint pens, I am attempting to bring these elements together in a way that creates a dynamic interaction between them. I use iridescent paint in many of my backgrounds. The iridescent paint in my pieces creates a dramatic effect when natural light refracts off the paint, it lights the painting up with radiant light. This is a unique element and can lend to a painting showing different elements from different angles.
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