Born in 1961 in Corpus Christi, Texas. I discovered at age five that I loved art. My uncle bought me my first oil painting set when I was seven and I was hooked ever since. I had two years of junior college where I took drawing, painting, print making, and photography. I moved to southern California to study design at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. After achieving my Associates degree I transferred to the University of Georgia to study art, illustration and graphic design and completed with my BFA. I had a career in graphic design for over 25 years during which I moved with my husband to New Jersey, Washington, California and now reside in Poulsbo, Washington on the Kitsap Peninsula. We have two children, ages eleven and seventeen.
After 20 years in graphic design and tight, regimented illustration I am finally able to spend time to revive my interest in developing “my” art. I’m working in watercolor and mixed medias for collages.
My collages have a story to tell; it may be my story or my interpretation of another’s, but the interesting thing is that the viewer can often find their own story interpretation. I like the texture and color that can be achieved with collages. Some of the fun is using “found objects” and spending much time and different techniques and materials to get the look and feel I want. Each piece is a learning experience.
Watercolor has allowed me the opportunity to work quickly and loose, developing my own way of seeing and visualizing the world around me. My pieces fit my “mood of the day” – some days are looser and more abstract and some more realistic – though all are very colorful with much contrast.
I am looking forward to my exploration and taking the steps it will take for me to find my way.