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The artist writes:
I paint California landscapes done Plein Air. The majority of my paintings are done out-of-doors and on-site so that I can see and absorb the small details that photographs fail to depict but that do so much to capture the sense of place. I paint on gessoed masonite panels using a palette knife. To ensure that I capture a spontaneous and highly textured image, I work quickly and finish the first underpainting in one sitting. The majestic scenery of the California landscape and the beauty of its ever changing light provide me with endless subject matter. The shimmer of sunlight and nuances of fog and shadow that constantly shift throughout the day can reflect short but magical moments. As the light changes by the hour, it is always a challenge to embody in paint that unique feeling that best reflects a special location and time.

Life experiences shape and color our vision and our art. Here are my highlights:
Born in Bexar County Texas. Grew up in Pennsylvania and enjoyed early art training at Carnegie Museum, and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. BA Ohio State, MA University of Texas at Austin.
A long-time resident of California, I have also lived in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Greece and Germany.
Careers have included Motherhood, Artist, Art Historian, Archaeologist, Lychnologist, CAD Designer, Software Quality Assurance Manager and (currently) Technical Writer for a graphics IP company.
Honors include:
• 2011 Winner: Solis Wine Label Contest for April 2012 vintage
• 2010 First Place Award in Acrylic Painting, Valle del Sur Open Juried Show
• 2010 Second Place Award in Oil Painting, Valle del Sur Open Juried Show
• 2010 Artists' Choice Award, Monterey Tapestry MBPAPA Exhibit
• 2009 Artist of the Year Award, Valle del Sur Art Guild
• 2009 First Place Award in Painting, Gilroy Art Show
• 2009 Second Place Award in Acrylic Painting, Valle del Sur Open Juried Show

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