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About Me

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.



Art Show International Gallery (2022)  Through a Looking Glass Talent Prize Award


Light, Space & Time (2022)  Tread Softly, Special Recognition Award


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


Light, Space & Time (2019)  Windspill, Special Recognition Award; Maelstrom, Third Place 


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


Light, Space & Time (2015) Green BeachSpecial Recognition Award


MMOCA (2013)  Surreal EveningHonorable Mention


SFWA (2013)  Out of the WoodsAward of Merit


MMOCA (2013)  Walking on WaterHonorable Mention


Napa State Fair (2012)  Catching Light, Honorable Mention


SFWA (2009)  DemeterAward of Merit


SFWA  (2008)  Autumn Transition, Award of Merit


NLAPW Biennial 2008, Alexandria, VA  MidtideHonorable 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 

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