My formative years were in Burlingame. My parents moved out from Dayton Ohio when I was a preschooler. After high school, I went to UC Berkeley and majored in Social Welfare which was a group major. One favorite class was Cultural Anthropology. 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. I loved the art in Japan. Our first child was born and we moved to San Jose while Andre worked in Sunnyvale at Lockheed. 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.
I went on to work in art sales at Chabot Gallery in San Jose. Then I chose to work in department stores with sales of draperies and upholstery. I continued employment in interior design. Events in life can build pressure by making one feel uncomfortable as if you’re targeted. In the darkest time of my life, I needed help with a psychiatrist. While in a hospital, a group of patients were asked if we knew what would be positive for us to do in our life. I said from a deep space inside, “Be Georgia O’Keeffe”.
Initially my painting was with watercolor. I was awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Academy of Art in 2007. I enjoy many classes in art such as Silk Screening, even Oil 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. In 2018, I was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for a collage cityscape from the National Association of Women Artists. After several decades living in San Jose, California, we now have moved to Chula Vista. We are near family and find this is a very artful-community. I am pleased both my husband and I are loving the Chula Vista community and being close to family.