About

Artist Statement

I am a born and bred Californian. I love the energy of this state with its physical diversity and sheer beauty. There is literally a painting everywhere I look-city, town or rural country.

I knew early on in my life that painting and drawing were integral to me. As a very little kid, the illustrations of Arthur Szyk in Grimm’s Fairytales, struck me for their drama and clarity; I knew that the world of representational art would be my focus. With plein air painting I am, like my fellow painters, often painting nature’s scenery that will soon disappear under the wheels of land development. I feel I am painting one page in the long story of our changing land.

I work ala prima in oils, in studio and do plein air outside the studio. Working outside in the natural environment allows me to be attentive to light, color and atmosphere. I often take my plein air oil “sketches” and work up larger, more formal paintings in the studio. My education included two BA’s from UC Davis in Art Studio and Art History, and an ABA in Illustration from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Being an artist and engaging the imagination through creative process is a wonderful path in life.

I’m on this road and I love it.

 

Regional Juried Entries & Awards:

2018 California State Fair, Plein Air Competition, first place, Sacramento CA

2018 Haggin Museum, First place oils, 60th Haggin Museum Show, national juried show, Stockton, CA

2018 Academy of Art University, Faculty and Alumni Show, San Francisco

2017 Moraga Library, “Faces of Friends,” Moraga, CA

2017 Academy of Art University, Faculty and Alumni Show, San Francisco, CA

2016 Save Mt. Diablo, Donation, “Tranquil Times,” Walnut Creek, CA

2016 California State Fair, Plein Air Competition, second place, Sacramento, CA

2015 Alameda County Fair, Plein Air Competition, second place, Pleasanton, CA

2015 Academy of Art University, Faculty and Alumni Show, San Francisco, CA

2014 Academy of Art University, Faculty and Alumni Show, San Francisco, CA

2013 Alameda County Fair, Plein Air Competition, first place

2013 Natsoulas Gallery, Greater California Paint Out, Davis, third place

2013 MBPAPA Signature Show, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, CA

2013 California Art Club, 102 Annual Gold Show, Juried entry, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Institute of Italian Culture, An Italian Sojourn, San Francisco, CA

2012 Haggin Museum, Stockton Art League 57th Anniversary, Stockton, CA

2010 Epperson Gallery, “Valona, “Honorable Mention, Crockett, CA

2010 Haggin Museum, Stockton Art League 56th Anniversary at the Haggin Museum, Stockton

2010 Bernard E. Witkin Alameda Law Library, California Art Club, Treasures of the East Bay, Artwork selected for publicity, Alameda CA

2009 S12 Gallery, Capital Plein Air Competition, Sponsor Award, East Lawn Memorial, Sacramento, CA

2009 Epperson Gallery, Valona Paint Out, Third Place, Crockett, CA

2009 St. Supery Winery, Group Show, Napa Agricultural Lane Trust, Napa, CA

2009 Alameda County Fair, First Place, Plein Air Competition, Alameda County

(More history available upon request)

 

Lectures, Demonstrations and Workshops

2017 Las Juntas Arts Association, Pleasant Hill, CA Lecture and demonstration

2012, 2015 Livermore Art League, Livermore, CA Lecture and demonstration.

2009 to Current, Academy of Art University, Instructor-Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

2009 Las Juntas Artists, Lecture and Demonstration, Pleasant Hill, CA

2009 Society of Western Artists, Lecture and Demonstration

2008 San Carlos Fine Art Association, Lecture and Demonstration

2008 Alameda Art League, Lecture and Demonstration

2008 Alamo Danville Artists Society, Lecture and Demonstration

2007 Judge, Livermore Art Association, Livermore

2007 Judge, Spring Arts Festival, Turlock

2006 Valley Sun Catchers Artists, Weekend Workshop, Demonstrations, Lectures

2006 Society of Western Artist, Lecture and Demonstration

2004 San Carlos Art League, Lecture and Demonstration

 

Gallery Involvement

2018 One person show, “From the Studio…” Moraga Library, Moraga, CA

2017 One person show, Faces of Friends, Moraga Library, Moraga CA

2016 One person Show, Moraga Library, Moraga, CA

2018-2016 Group involvement, Across the Way, Moraga, CA

2015 One Person Show, Moraga Library, “Petals to Porcelain,” Moraga CA

2014 Group Show, Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, CA

2013 Group Show, Capital Artworks, Sacramento, CA

2013 One person show, “Of Animals and Men,” Moraga Library, Moraga, CA

2013 Group Show, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, CA

2012 Group Show, Academy of Art, “Faculty and Alumni Show,” San Francisco, CA

2012 One Person Show, Moraga Library, “Joy of Toys”, Moraga, CA

2011 Signature Artists Group Show, MBPAPA, Carmel Art Institute, Carmel, CA

2011 Group Show, Natividad Hospital, MBPAPA, Monterey CA

2011 One Person Show, Rominger Winery, Davis CA

2011 Group Show, Epperson Gallery, “Still Life,” Crockett, CA

2011 One Person Show, Terzetto’s, “Kitchen Companions,” Moraga, CA

2011 One Person Show, Moraga Public Library, Moraga CA

2010 Group Show, First Street Gallery, Miniatures Show, Turlock, CA

2010 One Person Show, Rominger West Winery, “Edges of Our Rural Lands,” Davis, CA

2010 Group show, Heritage Museum, Ironstone Winery, Group Show, Murphys, CA

2010 Group show, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA

(More history available on request)

 

Art Related Memberships

California Art Club, The Blue Sky Group, Stockton Art League, Save Mount Diablo (Land Trust), John Muir Land Trust