"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
ABOUT THIS ARTIST...
ART IS BOTH AN END AND A MEANS TO AN END.
Art is a vital form of communication. Art will teach math, history, social studies, science, language, construction and documents it to instruct, inform and to protect the next generation and all those to follow. We lose art and we lose our souls.
MY MOTHER WAS A TALENTED ARTIST AND MY FIRST INSTRUCTOR
She started me early on by giving me drawing materials and enrolling me in high school level classes at the age of nine at Loyola Marymount, Palos Verdes. By middle school I was attending classes at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and in high school, two summers at Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (University of Calgary).
After graduating from college at California College of the Arts (Oakland campus), I returned to L.A., worked full time for a restaurant* while back in school, studying advertising and marketing. It paid off. I free-lanced for major advertising agencies in Los Angeles and Orange County until starting a family.
Enter the '80s...I was introduced to decorative painting by my artist/mother. We drew and painted side by side at her friend's restaurant. I knew that this was what I wanted to do, (as long as my body held out). My partner in crime, Joy Klein and I worked all over the Southwest, taught classes at DIY shows, workshops as far afield as Colorado and was approached by DIY television personalities to film our own pilot. (HG TV had just launched and were looking for new projects.)
Skip to 2013, after my father's death and the sale of his antique business, when I returned to Fine Art. My mediums are as diverse as my history in art. I work in graphite, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pastels, papier mache', oils and acrylic. I also dabble in reclaimed objects for wearable art, but that's another website. (See the button below).
* I think I was the only restaurant server in LA who was NOT waiting for casting calls!