My formative years were in Burlingame. My parents moved out from Dayton Ohio, when my dad got a big job promotion to become head of Community Chest, forerunner for United Way.. My dad was a creative person. He studied to be a Draftsman in college and played several musical instruments. He and mom divorced shortly after the California move. So I spent time with the neighborhood kids and my school mates Some friends from those years called me a "latch-key" since my mom worked. She started her own business welcoming new people and offering a club, the Newcomer's Club. This was modeled like Welcome Wagon,, but she had her own company.
Now as an artist creating my own world, an art business, I realize I had 2 parents who were entrepreneurs. My dad went on to be a consultant for non-profit, charitable organizations.
I went to UC Berkeley and majored in social welfare because I love helping people. I also loved art so I took as many art history courses as possible. At UC Berkeley, I met my love, Andre. We married after my graduation, and he went into the Navy where we lived in San Diego. When he deployed, I went with another Navy wife to follow the ships into the ports. I was grateful for the opportunity to see the art in Japan. Our first child was born while Andre was deployed. Andre went on to be an engineer in Sunnyvale and we moved to San Jose where we had our 2 other children. While they attended preschool I was President of the adult education. and we organized an outdoor art show to raise money for the school It was a success. In a few years I thought to help with family income, I would earn my Masters in Social Work. However, San Jose State's masters program required a second language. I needed to begin employment after years volunteering, and I hired into the Chabot Gallery in San Jose doing sales of artists such as Leroy Neiman. In a couple of years, I sought more creative work by creating draperies and upholstery and becoming an interior designer. All through the early years, I took classes and workshops in painting.
I began to paint watercolors and show my work. I also studied ikebana, Japanese flower arranging by taking classes. I joined the SF Ikebana International Chapter in Golden Gate Park that honored me along with 2 others to show at Bouquet to Arts at De Young Museum. When I retired from working in department stores, I made art my full-time profession. In 2007, I won a scholarship to SF Academy of Art. I received Signature Membership in California Watercolor Association. i had different gallery experiences, mostly in San Francisco. One gallery at Art People in SF, sold and shipped one of my artworks to Japan. I found San Francisco was a much better place to show and sell art than in San Jose. I entered national shows and continued to enjoy painting. Collage is contemporary, and it interests me to make it look painted. I won the International Manhattan Arts award for my collage, self portrait Just A Woman. in 2015. Just this year, I was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for a collage cityscape from the National Association of Women Artists. After several decades living in the south Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, we now have moved to Chula Vista. We are near family and find San Diego is a very artsy community.
Education: I graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a Major in Social Welfare and taking many art history courses. In 2007, I was awarded at the California Watercolor Associaltion National Show a Scholarship to the San Francisco Academy of Art. i studied anatomy while at the SF Academy of Art.