I started drawing when, as a young girl, our family left farming in Illinois and came to Venice, California where we bought a home near the beach and I helped keep the younger ones happy with crayons, paper and paint. I discovered I could capture something interesting in my drawings and painting. From this beginning I have continued to draw and paint, weaving the creative process throughout my life. Later, I met and married my husband, Eugene. In 1971 my husband and I moved our family to Santa Cruz, California where we bought a small cabin resort, Fern River Resort, and where we have been privileged to live, work and raise our two sons. My artistic expressions have been woven into my life and work with family and Fern River Resort.
I am mostly a self taught story telling realist, a portrait painter, a landscape painter, a painter of flowers, a painter of animals. I attempt to capture and communicate something of life's precious moments in my portrait paintings of people and animals.
I do portrait painting & fine art painting
landscapes, flowers & animals.
Here in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the giant redwoods whisper and the river sings of nature's profound essence and I have thrilled to explore her secret pathways. Working from my photographs, I try to capture in my landscape paintings, flower paintings and animal paintings that elusive essence of the subject, that sense of life and energy one can feel in nature's presence. I so deeply appreciate this special place where we live, Santa Cruz, California, the stunning Pacific coast, the awesome redwoods and fern laced river trails, country roads and meadows. In my paintings there is often a human presence. Working in water color, acrylic or oil, I am drawn to the interplay of light, form and color, as seen in my paintings of the back lit tree, flower or child's face. The creative process is a journey toward discovery, powerful, expansive and healing. For me it is a life revealed and hopefully expressed in a way that others my see and sense it's wonder.
In addition to my fine art paintings, I accept commissioned portrait work. I paint family portraits, child portraits, pet portraits, wedding portraits and paintings of places. To commission a portrait from me, please see contact information, click contact on this page.
To purchase my original paintings, Please click on buy now button by each painting or see contact information, click contact on this page.
To purchase prints of my work, please see these by clicking on my link, Buy Prints and Giclees.
I am a member of Santa Cruz Art League and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County and have exhibited in various galleries and venues including Open Studios Art Tour in Santa Cruz County and my home studio
My work was juried into the following shows and exhibitions.
Sincerely Yours Gallery, Boulder Creek, January to February, 2010
First Friday Art Tour: Le Salon, Santa Cruz, May to June, 2010
First Friday Art Tour: The Socks Shop, SantaCruz, June-July, 2010
ISAP - The 12th Annual International Society of Acrylic Painters, Held at the Santa Cruz Art League (Award) 2009
The Santa Cruz Open Studios 09 Art Tour
Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival 2009
Santa Cruz Art League Members Show, February-Mar 2009
Professional Associations: Signature Member of International Society of Acrylic Painters Art Instructor for The Scotts Valley Art Group Member Santa Cruz Art League Member Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County