As a native Northern Californian, with three generations from San Francisco I was fortunate to see the Bay Area Figurative artist’s exhibits along with the great masters at the San Francisco de Young Museum and Legion of Honor Museum throughout my years in school and college. This Fine Art exposure would play an important role into my development as a painter.
With a B.A. in Art in drawing and painting and formal training from the Academy of Art University (awarded from a scholarship) the road to art would first lead to a career in Visual Display with prominent department stores, designing window displays, props and settings. Later starting a Floral and Event business from the ground up, the colors and textures of flowers were to be the natural palette for 24 years leading to signature work and articles published in books and other recognitions.
Today the primary focus is in watercolor and oil with figurative work and portraits. To capture an emotion, a grin, a fleeting glance, telling the story with integrity of ordinary people from all walks of life is the heartfelt intent.
The California Watercolor Association has provided the companionship of other artist’s. Watercolor classes from instructor Leslie Wilson renewed the love of painting and drawing. David Hill’s weekly life drawing class with a model, still ongoing after 10 years, has provided the rigor and discipline needed to capture the likeness of an individual. My gratitude extends to the artist Ted Nuttall who graciously shared his insights for painting portraits in his workshops both in California and Arizona. I have a deep appreciation for the warmth and generosity for all of these wonderful artists who have helped make me a better painter.
Finally: without the caring and support of my family this art journey would not have taken place. For this I am grateful.
Exhibiting began in 2013.