I was always the kid who could draw, so I attended Chinourd Art Institute’s children’s program in Los Angeles and art stayed my focus throughout high school. After that came a University of California degree in art history and then a Master's degree in painting. My work has shown and been awarded in numerous juried and invitational group and one-person exhibitions, I co-owned an award-winning art gallery, taught college art, and was an Artist-in-Residence for the California Arts Council.
Later, photography let me be continue to be an artist and a parent at the same time. My photography exhibition, 'Witness: Intimate Passages, Images of Birth and Death,' was featured on KQED's California Report.
My community arts advocacy includes:
- Created Arcata’s Nicaraguan Sister City Photo Project
- Created and helped organize Art Trails, an association of Santa Rosa art galleries
- Created and taught in a tuition-free English language and arts program in Baja, Mexico
- Coordinated funding, staff and facilities from four agencies to establish a community studio
and visiting artists program simultaneously serving all ages in Monte Rio, CA.
At present, I paint and I create site-specific installations, and I write for national youth periodicals.