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. A 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. While in a group I was asked if I knew what would be positive for me to do in my life. I said from a deep space inside, “Be a Georgia O’Keeffe”.
Initially I began painting with watercolor. I was awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Academy of Art in 2007. Eager to learn new ways of painting, printing, collage and years of ikebana, floral art. I've create collage in a painterly style. My collage-self portrait, Just A Woman. was honored with an International Manhattan Arts Award in 2015. In 2018, I was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for a collage cityscape from the National Association of Women Artists. After living in San Jose, California, we now have moved to Chula Vista, near family.