Recently somebody called me the most unusual portrait artist she’d ever seen. I like that. My work has a special quality- it reaches out and grabs you. My portrait on a wall has a presence in the room as though it were a real person. When you look into these faces, they often appear to be regarding you at the same time—kind of like a “stare down”.
Obviously my images are not photo real. My style is expressionistic. My work is forceful and it brings the individual’s character to the forefront—you see that person, you get that person. . As an artist I earn money mostly from commission work which in my case means being paid to paint a portrait of a client. I feel that my own individuality and style will always emerge. The client is paying to be seen through my eyes.
I have always been extremely sensitive to colors and to my surroundings. I am very attracted to bright colors and prefer warm colors over cold. Each piece evolves in the back-and-forth struggle between ”resolving” the image or the colors. I work by overlaying many thin layers which I like to call “building an onion”.
Galleries and Exibition Events:
Oh LaLa, Stockton, California 2011 to present
Studio Seven Galleries, Pleasanton, California 2002 to 2010
Jungle Galleries, Palo Alto CA 2003 to 2010 (they closed)
IMG Gallery, Sunnyvale (one woman show) 2001
Artwalk Livermore, CA (participating all years) 2002 through 2012
Garre Winery (one woman show) 2005
San Ramon Regional Arts Center 2012
(one woman exibition)
Eukphrasis TriValley (poetry and Art) 2007
Bankhead Theatre Exibition, Livermore 2009