As a 5th generation Humboldt Co. native, my paintings often incorporate scenery from my own rural childhood.
I'm lucky that people accept the fact that I paint in two styles. I find it keeps my creative process more open by moving back and forth between the representational whimsy paintings and my landscapes that could be called expressionist. I'm inspired by open space in my landscapes in the way the ocean gives your mind a place to feel free. In my landscapes, I strive to use a painterly approach by minimizing detail almost to the point of abstraction. When I paint in my whimsical style, I like to interpret the urban and rural life of my community in paintings that are not afraid to cross boundaries with my bold colors and dramatic compositions. They are honest expressions that feel good.
My art education started when my mother included me in the design and installation of her bulletin boards for her 4th grade classroom ( also teaching me much about California history ! ). In later years I attended Westminster College in Utah, Humboldt State University, and Chico State University, earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
Art affiliations are with Meridian Fine Art, Humboldt Arts Council at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Redwood Art Association, and Westhaven Center for the Arts.