I began working as a librarian at UC Berkeley in 1962, retired in the early 1990s, began taking art workshops and classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, and got hooked. I joined a few art groups which started a process of self- teaching and learning from fellow artists.
My preferred medium has always been oil painting. Initially, it took courage to participate in juried and invitational group exhibits, but that too was a learning experience. I have won various awards and honors over the years. Group memberships have included the Marin Society of Artists, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, and San Francisco Women Artists. I can be seen in art shows mostly in Marin County, California, including Marin Open Studios and the Marin County Fair Fine Arts Exhibit most years. Sadly, the fun Marin Art Festival formerly held at the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael closed down some years ago.
I am fascinated by abstraction, three-dimensionality, motion, luminescence, color, shadows and reflection; I am awed by water, a favorite subject of mine. Many of my works have been inspired by trips to the Oregon coast. Subjects I choose often cannot be done on the spot (as in the middle of a stream), so I take photos of sources that inspire me. The outdoors anywhere is my “studio”. I prefer oil painting because one can work on effects more freely in the moment and over time until something of impact is achieved. I work on a piece until I surprise myself, hoping to draw others into what I have finally seen and tried to depict.
Seeing becomes more acute when focus lasts hours, I count on that acuteness. One can start out with a goal, but most often for me, it changes as the subject becomes more and more complex and elusive. Mostly I go off on a tangent, departing from the original. For some painters, perhaps most of us, the painting toward which we struggle is not what we end up with, there is often a serendipitous element in art, no matter what the subject.
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Marun Society of Artists (2022) Pegasus, Honorable Mention
Light, Space and time (2022) Chinese Garden, Special Merit Award
MSA Small Wonders (2021) Summer Snow, People’s Choice
MSA 93d Annual Member Show (2021) Algae, Honorable Mention
MSA Visible Invisible (2021) Sun Figments, Honorable Mention
MSA Left Coast (2021) China Camp Cove, Honorable Mention
Light, Space & Time (2020) Sunflowers, Special Recognition Award
Light, Space & Time (2020) Inverse Mirror, Special Recognition Award
Light, Space & Time (2020) Sandbar, Special Recognition Award
Napa County Fair (2019) Ancient Figures, Special Recognition Award
Napa Expo 2018 Walking on water, Award of Merit
Marin County Fair (2018) Incoming Tide, Special Recognition Award
Marin Society of Artists (2017) Clouds, First Place
Marin Society of Artists Introspection (2016) Flowers, Honorable Mention
San Francisco Women Artists (2007) Convergence, Award of Excellence
San Francisco Women Artists (2007) Marshall Ridge Sunset, Award of Excellence
Marin Society of Artists (2007) Tomales Afternoon, First Place
Marin Society of Artists (2007) Loved Pig, Honorable Mention
Marin Society of Artists (2006) Bear Valley Rain, Award of Merit