I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. After living in San Francisco for over 11 years, I moved to Los Angeles with my husband and have lived in the South Bay since 1996. I became a stay at home mom raising three children. I may seem like I am an artist who never really planned on a life in art.
I have, however, been passionate about art from an early age. As a young adult I took many college level art courses in my spare time. But as time passed, I found less time to invest in creative endeavors and put art aside for many years. As my kids grew I found myself painting with them. My love for artistic expression was rekindled and I began taking ceramics, oil, watercolor and pastel painting classes and workshops whenever I could.
I consider myself a “self-taught” artist with many sources of inspiration, and I enjoy exploring new techniques. I love the beach, mountains, flowers, meeting new people and visiting new places. My work reflects what I am grateful for in my life. Over the years I have developed confidence in my talent and style. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love to do.
My other passion is teaching and encouraging both adults and children to be more creative. My goal is to empower the human spirit through art. I currently teach Junior High Art at American Martyrs school in Manhattan Beach. I also develop custom private art lessons for individuals and small groups based on skill level and interests.
Over the years I have been an active member with several art groups including the Artists’ Studio of Palos Verdes and Art Life South Bay. I am a founding and active member of the Pastel Society of Southern California and Destination: Art in Torrance, California, where I have my studio.