About the Artist
I am a Sausalito, California-based visual artist. Although I work across media boundaries, lately I have been making representational and figurative oil paintings. I am constantly awestruck by the beauty and color around me, whether a reflection in a mirror or a verdant secret garden. My influences are the visual elements of my surroundings. I try to bring the beauty I see in the mundane into my studio where I communicate my interpretation through my work.
I have been painting and drawing since a very young age, always making crafts as a child then starting formal lessons at the age of 10 with weekend figure drawing classes at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, where I grew up. I continued with art through high school, during which time I was fortunate enough to spend a summer semester at the Cleveland Institute of Art college-program in Lacoste, France. I later continued with my art studies while an undergraduate at Duke University. I spent my junior year of college on a Duke-Cornell program in Paris where I studied art history at the Université de Paris-I and painting at the Académie Port-Royal. I later completed my MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California, where I was also awarded a teaching assistantship in my second year. I now teach visual art in continuing education at College of Marin, City Extension SF and with Ruth's Table, a non-profit intergenerational art space in San Francisco.
My work has been presented at Root Division, the Worth Ryder Gallery at UC Berkeley, the Mills College Art Museum, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Berkeley Art Center and the Sanchez Art Center. My work is part of numerous private and corporate collections in the US.