Art has been my favorite subject since kindergarten, but my passion for art evolved in earnest when my children started youth sailing on Sundays. Beautiful days at the harbor and beach called me to sketch everything I saw. The sketches led me to watercolor and to then printmaking. My favorite venue for creating art is the water-based monotype. It allows me to create illusions of liquids or solids, opaque and transparent and gives the depth of color and focus that best expresses the fluid nature of the ocean. Using water-based dyes and sponge rollers allows me to create not a photorealistic image but an evocative impression of the subject. Through art I can feel good, relax, escape, and explore, letting my mind go to whatever it wants to think or feel. Life is good when the art is good. It is icing on the cake when I get to see others enjoy the feeling I am trying to convey.
I got my start in monotypes with Joan Gunther in Santa BarbaraCityCollege’s Adult Education program.For the past four years, I have been working with a group of friends at the SchottCenter which has excellent printmaking equipment and a supportive yet critical environment. I love studying printmaking there under Siu Zimmerman. I am active in the Goleta and Santa Barbara Art Associations and Santa Barbara Printmakers where I have received a number of Juror's Choice Awards.I also continue to study classical and contemporary forms of art as time permits to increase my breadth and to provide additional inspiration.
Sailing, swimming and surfing is part of my family’s everyday life.Being connected with my family comes first, and expressing those feelings through art is very satisfying. Many people can relate to these same feelings and life experiences.The ocean is home to me.It is a place I can go to reflect, get inspiration or simply remember all the good times with family and friends.