Water media is my passion! Transparent watercolor was my main interest for over twenty-five years. While having the advantage of being a stay-at-home Mom, I studied with many fine watercolorists in the San Francisco Bay Area. My studies expanded to include experimental water media classes at the College of the Redwoods, and acrylic and pastel workshops at the Mendocino Art Center.
A dream my husband and I shared was finally realized in September 2000 when we moved to the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. How can you not grow as an artist when you are surrounded by the beauty of this peaceful place and a wonderful community of artists?
My studio sits on Caspar Bay looking out to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. I am so grateful to be in this time and place.
What do I enjoy painting the most?
Almost everything, but especially water and air. The sea, or “wavescapes” as I call them. Close-up views of crashing waves, almost as though you were inside feeling the foam swirling around you. I also love to paint the sky – sunset, sunrise, storms, beautiful clouds. Again, I want the viewer to feel as if they’re part of the sky floating on a cloud, riding the wind. Flowers can be so exciting too -- the color, the way the light hits a petal, or just letting the water media paint the flower for you. And recently, my work has become more abstract and experimental in nature. Figures and birds have sparked my creativity!
All of these subjects are so conducive to my love of water media and the experimentation I enjoy so much. Some paintings are planned extensively, others are not. Some are from inside my head and some are just plain magic – I think I like those the best.
I paint nearly everyday and if I’m not painting, I’m researching, thinking, talking, and/or reading about art. There’s so much to learn!