My recent figure paintings celebrate the human experience and our connections to each other and our surroundings. I often use photographs of people for inspiration for a painting. I look for what is unique about the composition, and how I feel when I see the subject. Then I hope to express that feeling in the painting.
I have always been intrigued by the human figure whether in a life drawing or portrait class, or when studying various forms of bodywork and movement. I have learned that every part of the body expresses and holds emotion, even down to the fingertips.
Hawaii is my spirit home. I lived on Oahu in the late 1950’s as a child and returning to Hawaii when I retired was a dream come true. My love of nature was inspired by the rainbows, turquoise oceans, brightly colored flowering trees, fragrant flowers and softly glowing sunsets. I lived in Berkeley, CA for 43 years raising 3 sons and having a 25-year career in computer graphics and publishing before returning to Hawaii in 2013.
In 2004, I began focusing on plein air paintings with soft pastels and in 2014, my first love, oil painting. I am fascinated by the challenge of expressing this precious gift of life through painting: exploring color, value, composition, light, rhythm, and mood.
University of California, Davis, BFA Oil Painting 1970
Painting workshops with George Allan, John Cosby, Tina Garrett, and Daniel Gerhartz
American Impressionist Society
Lahaina Arts Society
Maui Plein Air Painters
Plein Air Painters of Hawaii
Portrait Society of America
HerStory 2018, Juried Exhibition, Manhattan Arts International
Hui No’eau Annual Juried Exhibition 2015, 2018
The Healing Power of Art, Inspiring the Positive, Juried Exhibition,
Manhattan Arts International 2017
Hui No’eau Centennial 10×10 Juried Exhibition 2017
Maui Open Studios 2015, 2017, 2018
Hui No’eau Annual Members Exhibition 2015
Pastel Society of the West Coast Annual Juried Members Show 2015