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Artist Statement

Art is a way of love and celebration of life to me. My artwork is known for its unique ability to express the essence of a subject, intricate and detailed work with emphasis on nature and reflections.

I strip down the layers of conditioning and attempt to reveal the underlying inner light, the subject’s essence. Life reflects life, and reflection is the essence of what I do. I reflect the essence of the subject back to the viewer evoking the silent place inside where we feel most connected, free, and joyous — the god within, if you will.
I love creating and transforming through art. I can see how a blank piece of paper transforms into a new painting or pieces of cloth into a unique quilt. Intuition is a key as I approach each painting with an earnest desire to capture the moment and pour my inner experience and energy onto the canvas. I feel the magic of nature feeding my expression through sun and wind, sound and movement.

Painting is also my way of drinking in life’s gift of freedom. I paint freedom through color, brushwork and composition. In this way, my work is expressive and emotive– an opportunity to reveal the magnificence of life. Whether portrait, landscape or still life, the vibrancy of the life force fascinates and inspires me. I invite that force to lead me, and then the viewer, to discover the full spectrum of life’s colors within.

Exhibits, Awards & Publication


  • Working Art Studio Ongoing Exhibit in Soquel, CA
  • Santa Cruz Art League Exhibit September-October 2014
  • Open Art Studio Tour 2014
  • Ashland Art Center Gallery (ongoing exhibit) Ashland, OR – 2010-present
  • Ashland Art Center working studio “Dynamics & Still life” show, Ashland, OR – 2010-present
  • City Hall Gallery “Celebrating Textiles and Fashion”, Talent OR – Oct. 2013-April 2014
  • Janice Art & Gallery”  Ojai, CA – 2012-2013
  • New York Time square event exhibit – 2012
  • Artesian Gallery downtown Santa Cruz, CA – 2008-2010
  • Nominated for Artist of the Year, 2010 by the Santa Cruz Arts Commission – 2010
  • Best of the Central Coast, Santa Cruz Arts Council, Watercolors, 2010 – Honorable Mention
  • Santa Cruz Arts Council Open Studios participant, 2007–2010
  • Open Studio Tour, Santa Cruz, CA – Oct.2009
  • Danville Art Show, Danville, CA – June 2009
  • Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz, CA – May 2009
  • Women’s Center, University of California Santa Cruz, CA – Apr. 2009
  • Santa Cruz City Hall, Santa Cruz, CA – 2008
  • Art Tour participant, Santa Cruz, CA – 2008
  • Santa Cruz Art League watercolor exhibit,   Honorable mention – 2007
  • Simpkins Center – 2007
  • Santa Cruz County Fair, Honorable Mention – 2005
  • Private shows in and around the San Francisco Bay area – 2001-2010
  • Shows and exhibits in and around Moscow, Russia -1981 – 2001


  • EATT magazine (Entertainment Art Travel Technology international magazine) 2014
  • The Artist’s Voice – 012, 2013
  • Santa Cruz records magazine – 2009 & 2010
  • Artworks magazine – 2010 summer issue
  • Illustrated Books:
    • “Have you ever wondered?”
    • “When time runs Away from you where does it go?”
    • “Are Gender Labels simply Fables?”