My earliest memory of creating art was from when I was just a baby with crayons in hand, as I staked out my next drawing surface.
Growing up in Santa Barbara, California, I could no longer resist the lure of adventure and moved to New York City in the early 80’s. My becoming a serious painter was slowly starting to seed with many visits to the Soho District and being so taken by the art world there.
Art class was always where I was happiest and excelled, but I kept it as an occasional hobby, feeling it was most practical to stay put in the corporate world. After my one-year stint in New York City as a secretary, I then moved to Boston, where I then tried my hands as a real estate agent. Still feeling stifled, I enrolled in a life drawing class at night, which reignited that happy feeling I almost forgot about. There was no more time to waste.
After taking advantage of a fine art education at The New England School of Art and Design in Boston, and at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts in the late 80’s, I eventually returned to my home turf in Santa Barbara. There I displayed and sold my paintings at the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts show for many years and at many other venues.
Having eleven of my paintings as permanent fixtures at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and paintings at three other hospitals in California has given me so much gratitude. To have my work on public display and the 15 minutes of fame was wonderful, but what truly gives me the most satisfaction is in knowing my art will be part of a contribution in evoking messages of hope and healing for the patients, visitors, and staff of these institutions for many generations to come. It doesn’t get much better than that for me.
As a Santa Barbara native since 1967, (minus the several years on the east coast), I am now settled in Ventura where I am enthusiastically getting outdoors with my easel to paint all my surroundings here that are showing up in my new works.