I grew up in Ventura, California. I have always enjoyed art and enrolled in my first oil painting class at the age of 16. After mastering the basic techniques of value and contrast, my interest expanded to pastels and watercolors.
I love painting animals large and small. I enjoy painting them in pastel because I feel like I am petting them as I create them. I love looking into their eyes as I brush their fur with my finger tips.
Seascapes and landscapes are also subjects I enjoy painting.
Last year was my first year as a professional and I was awarded fourth place at the Ventura County Fair. I have received honors in the Santa Paula Annual Art Exhibit and from the Harbor Village Gallery. In November, 2009, I had my first solo show entitled “Jungle In Your Living Room”.
I am a member of the Buenaventura Art Association, Santa Paula Art and a signature member of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast.