I WAS INFLUENCED IN THE ARTS BY MY MOTHER AT AN EARLY AGE. CAUGHT DRAWING AND COLORING ON MY BEDROOM WALLS BY MY FATHER, I REMEMBER MY MOTHER'S DEFENSE AND SUPPORT: "LEAVE HER ALONE! THAT'S HER ROOM! SHE'S EXPRESSING HERSELF!" LATER IN LIFE, I COULDN'T AFFORD ORIGINAL PAINTINGS TO HANG ON MY NEW HOME WALLS, SO I DECIDED TO TAKE LESSONS AND PAINT MY OWN. I HAVE BEEN PAINTING EVER SINCE.
MY WORK HAS BEEN CALLED "PASSIONATE AND COLORFUL". I DESCRIBE IT AS IMPRESSIONISTIC-EXPRESSIONISTIC INTERPRETATIONS ON CANVAS WITH BRUSH OR PALETTE KNIFE VIA OIL PAINTS. I ENDEAVOR TO GIVE SUBJECTS MEANING THAT SURPASSES THEIR REALITY.
art studies: Betts Holland-McDaniels, followed by studies at Cal State Univ., Fullerton, Otis Parsons Art Institute, Idyllwild School of Music & Arts, plus workshops with notable well known artists such as Ted Gerschner, William Reese, Carolyn Anderson, Kathryn Stats, and Phil Starke among others. Assoc member of Oil painters of america, american impressionist society, american women artists, arizona plein-air painters, artist member of tucson plein-air painters society, and signature member of whiskeytown plein-air painters of northern california.
my work has also been influenced by travels throughout the united states, the virgin islands, mexico, hawaii, canada, europe, greece, crete, turkey, israel, and egypt. i have clientele internationally.