Art is where I am at home. Art is what I do best and it is probably my best friend. I never made a conscious decision to become an artist. The artist in me has always been there, as close as my breath. Art is the most natural thing in the world for me; it is satisfying, it energizes and calms at the same time. I have a lot of fun creating art.
I like working with my hands, so I use traditional, tangible materials: paper, paint, pencils, charcoal. I collect decorative art paper that I scatter randomly on my work table. I shuffle through it and look at it and rearrange it until I start to see patterns and relationships in the disarray--order emerges from chaos. These patterns are the beginnings of collages, and collages sometimes are the beginnings of paintings. I respect my art materials and tools, and make sure they are clean and well maintained. They are, after all, my best friends.
I am inspired by any number of things, from art history to nature, music, and the "happy accidents" that occur while engaged in art making. Often ideas come to me while I am working.
I would like my art to do for others what it does for me. That is, give relief from the mundane problems and concerns that occupy so much of our lives.
I live in California where I was born and raised; I have a Masters degree in Painting from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.