Oils are my first love, but I do dabble in mixed media and acrylics.Ã¢â¬Â¨ I work primarily on canvas, though I have experimented with wood as well. I prefer medium and large sized surfaces since they give me an opportunity to paint freely and loosely. Neal Donald Walsh’s quote, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” has inspired my artistic growth from the moment I heard it. With these words always in mind, I set goal after goal for myself. I am constantly evolving as an artist, and these goals ensure that I never stagnate. The figure is my source of inspiration; no matter how much I deviate from the figure I cannot help but return. Recently, I find myself compelled to present an abstracted reality of day-to-day living, a perspective that may reflect reality moreÃ¢â¬Â¨ than I ever realized. Being connected to my subject in some way, whether by acquaintance or memory, is very important to me and brings vitality to my work. The emotion I feel when I am painting is also critical to the outcome. My works reflect my state of mind, good and bad and everything in between. My current method of paint application has created rich pieces with many layers, making each one a thrill to view. Each one of these pieces is unique and cannot be recreated, given the looseness of my application and the emotions that drive it. I believe this is an interesting "turn in the road" for me, but, as always, I remind myself that I need to keep pushing that comfort zone, no matter how big it grows or how much I grow to love it.
In 2005, with my children growing older, I found myself with extra time, and so I embarked upon my third career. Coming from a background in engineering and motherhood, art was a fresh and irresistible calling that I threw myself into wholeheartedly.I took my first painting class, open to wherever it would take me. Before I knew it, my life was transformed. Since then I have been working, playing, studying, experimenting and solidifying my identity as an artist.
2015 University Art Open, Juried Competition, Redwood City, CA, 1st Place-Oil/Acrylic
2015 Venteux Vineyards, Corporate Commission, Templeton CA
2014 O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Juried Show-Bay Area Women Artists, Mill Valley, CA
2014 Pacific Art League, Juried Competition-Wet Paint, Palo Alto, CA, Cover Art and Honerable Mention
2013 The Triton Museum, Statewide Juried Competition, Santa Clara CA
2013 CD Cover Artwork, The Ripples, The First Few,
2013 University Art Open
, Juried Competition, San Jose CA, Best of Show2013 Silicon Valley Open Studio, San Francisco Bay Area
2012 Silicon Valley Open Studio, San Francisco Bay Area2012 The Butter Paddle, Group Show, Saratoga CA2012 University Art Open, Juried Competition, San Jose CA2012 Silicon Valley Artists Collaborative, Group Show, Momentum Leap, Art Object Gallery, San Jose CA
2011 The Artist Magazine, All Media Art Competition 1st Prize, National
2011 Venteux Vineyards, Corporate Commission, Templeton CA