My primary medium is watercolor, and I paint what interests me. I seek simplification and I enjoy experimentation. I want to distill my chosen subject, emotion or thought to what I feel is its basic sense -- preferably in a way that would not occur to anyone else. Lately, I have also moved into pastel painting, focusing on the local landscape, or in abstract combination with watercolor.
San Francisco has been my home since 1996. Born in New York City and living in suburban Connecticut, I had pursued a demanding 20-year New York-based career in public relations and corporate communications after I graduated from Connecticut College in New London with a BA in Literature. Once in California, I stopped my PR and corporate work. After having made my living for so long using words, I found that the Bay Area's light, scenery, attitude and whole way of life awakened in me a desire to communicate in visual terms. Some classes at the Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park, plus my attempts to teach myself, confirmed my resolve.
I enrolled as an art student at City College of San Francisco in early 2003, and have been drawing and painting continually since then. I was a City College student for seven years, and continue to take private instruction. My work has appeared in local, regional and national shows since 2005. I am active in several Bay Area arts organizations, and as an art community volunteer.