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.
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 at three other hospitals in California has given me so much gratitude. To date, I have been commissioned by Cottage Hospital to create four large paintings for the lobby area of their additional phase which is currently under construction. Look for them in April of 2018. To have my work on public display and the recognition is wonderful, but what truly gives me the most satisfaction and gratitude 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 which are now showing up in my new works.