About

In my career as a psychologist, I found I was being moved profoundly by people’s stories. So, in 2015, I left my practice in psychology to be an artist because art was an extension of connecting with people in a different way. As a psychologist, I’d gotten good at listening and helping people uncover the emotional center of their feelings.  I value giving those emotions expression. My art allows me to showcase emotions connected with interactions between people and their surroundings.  My goal is always to make the viewer stop and connect with the story. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER

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BACKGROUND

I received my doctorate in 1981 from Michigan State University and have been a practicing clinical psychologist in Orange County since 1982.

As a psychologist, I have always been fascinated with people’s stories.  I try and paint the stories I see around me. The intricacies of relationships and the tenderness of feelings expressed in a casual touch or glance. The closeness one feels with others, the look of quiet contemplation, the emotions portrayed in a stance, or a quiet walk with your loved one: these are of special interest to me. Living in Southern California, I paint the life stories around me, these are often on the beach. Sometimes the stories are elicited from my travels around the world.

I started taking art classes in 2000, at Irvine Valley College, Orange Coast College and Saddleback Community College, and have continued learning from workshops around the country.  While I work in acrylic, watercolor, and pastel, I especially like the challenge of digital media. I taught myself to paint digitally using powerful programs such as Painter  2016,  I got absorbed in the process of  learning from amazing teachers, Skip Allen, Tim Shelbourne and Karen Bonaker at the Digital Art Academy.

“Digital painting is very much like the interactions with people, it is not one-dimensional, I can move from oil to acrylic to watercolor to pens – all in a single painting. I can use realism or expressionism, be tight or loose – all within one painting. Just like with real media, I get into the zone and get lost in my subject. I love the ability to move between mediums, first painting digitally, using photos as reference, then printing the painting on canvas only to continue with acrylics or other mixed media”

Because I am more interested in the feelings, the paintings are often named for the emotions and situations portrayed rather than the individual person. I hope the observer will project his or her own emotions onto the scene.
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AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

First Place- Orange County Fair-2016
Third Place- Orange County fair 2016
First Place- Orange County Fine Arts competition-2016
Juror Award- Newport Beach Art Exhibit 2014
First Place – Orange County Fine Arts competition 2014

MY WORK IS ON DISPLAY
Artist Eye Gallery- Laguna Beach
Showcase Gallery – South Coast Village
Susie Q Gallery- Laguna Beach

www.ocfinearts.org

SHOWS AND EXHIBITS

2016- Northpark Holiday Boutique
2016- Palm Springs Desert Art Fair- Thanksgiving weekend
2016- La Jolla Art and Wine Festival
2016-Artist at Orange County Fair-(first and third place winner)
2016-Artist Eye Gallery

2015- Palm Springs Desert Art Fair- Thanksgiving weekend
2015- La Jolla Art and Wine Fair
2015- San Diego Art Fair in Old Town
2015-Beverly Hills Art Show
2015- Featured Artist at Orange County Fine Arts
2015- Irvine Fine Arts Festival2014-Irvine Fine Arts Festival

2013-Merage JCC art gallery-solo exhibit
2013- Las Laguna Gallery- Women in Art- juried group exhibit
2013-TAG Bergamot Station LA – juried group exhibit

2012-Bistango-group exhibit
2012- Newport Beach Art in the Park-juried exhibit

2010-Orange County Fair-juried exhibit
2010- Irvine Art in the Park-juried exhibit

2009-Orange County Fair- juried exhibit
2009- Irvine Art in the Park-juried exhibit
2009-Avant Garden Gallery-group exhibit

2008- Huntington Beach Art Center-general exhibit
2007- John Wayne Airport- solo exhibit
2007- Showcase Gallery- juried exhibit
2006- All Media –A So. Cal. Regional Juried Exhibition- Irvine Fine Arts Center
2005- All Media –A So. Cal. Regional Juried Exhibition- Irvine Fine Arts Center
2004- All Media –A So. Cal. Regional Juried Exhibition- Irvine Fine Arts Center
2004- North Showcase Gallery- juried exhibit
2004- Showcase Gallery- juried exhibit
2004- Woodbridge Arts and Crafts Day in the Park
2002- Student Art Show -IVC a juried exhibit

Numerous private collections all over the world