About The Artist
Currently, I am exploring using shapes and colors to create abstract paintings and drawings. Some of this artwork displays an element of reality which is included in or hinted at in the drawing or painting. Color is a predominant concern: I use color to imbue my work with beauty, but also with a sense of humor and playfulness. Even my drawings that are in charcoal and conte crayon I consider colorful (just as some black and white imagery in film and photographs can be colorful to me) in the way the forms relate to each other.
For years, I painted in watercolors, mostly botanical subject matter, mostly representational. More enjoyable for me to paint and for the viewer to view are my more whimsical, imaginative paintings. I created some of these in watercolor but have moved to acrylic and oil on canvas, and to drawing. Exploring shapes and forms, I relish the abstract. All my work shows my love of color. My work now: colorful, whimsical, joyful, and imbued with humor and mystery.
In addition to practicing my art for 74 years, I’ve also spent many years teaching art to people of all ages, from preschool children to seniors. I have exhibited my artwork in California; Portland, Oregon; New Mexico; Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Mexico City in Mexico. My work is in collections throughout the United States, in Mexico and in Colombia, South America.
Digital Art, Drawing, Oil Paint, Pastel
Falkirk Cultural Center
Falkirk Cultural Center is a large, beautiful Victorian with lush gardens. Galleries are located on the second floor.
Exhibitions & Press
2019 Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA Oil paintings, charcoal, pastel, Prismacolor drawings
2017 The Arc Gallery, “Snap” San Francisco, CA Acrylics
2002 Los Medranos College Gallery, Pittsburg, CA Watercolors and acrylics
1992-1999 ProArts Open Studios, Oakland, CA Watercolors
1995 Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA “A Devotional Legacy: Día de Los Muertos 1972-1995” Watercolors
3COM Corporation Exhibit, Santa Clara, CA Watercolors
Patricia Stewart/Oberon Gallery, Napa, CA “Hispanic Perspective” Watercolors
1990 Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA “A Multi-Cultural Perspective of the African- American Experience” Watercolors
1989 The Bottger Mansion Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico “The Emerging Hispanic Woman” Watercolors
1988-89 The Jessel Gallery, Napa, CA Watercolors
1987 Banaker Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA Watercolors
Lotería Nacional Building, Mexico City, Mexico “Mexican-American Artists” Watercolors Show traveled to Guadalajara and Tijuana as well.
1985 The Watercolor Gallery, Berkeley, CA “in shades of spring & summer” Watercolors
Galería de La Raza, San Francisco, CA “Women X Women” Watercolors
The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA “New Directions: Artistas Chicanas, 6 Women Artists” Slide presentation, watercolors, Prismacolor pencil drawings
1981 The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA “Two Sources: A Survey of Mexican-American and Mexican Women Artists” Watercolors
Galería de La Raza, San Francisco, CA Watercolors and Prismacolor pencil drawings
1980 Nuevo Graphics Gallery, Santa Fe New Mexico Prismacolor pencil drawings
1976 The Glenn Gallery, El Cerrito, CA Watercolors
1995 Creative Arts Fellowship, City of Oakland Cultural Arts Division
1989 Purchase Award of $2500 for watercolor “Starburst/Estallo Escolar” from the Hispanic Women’s Council, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Painting represents “The Emerging Hispanic Woman.”
1978 East Bay Watercolor Society, Eleventh Annual Show. Runner-up, San Francisco, CA
University of California at San Diego for two years, then transferred to:
University of California at Berkeley where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in art.
Earned a teacher credential through Project Pipeline to teach elementary school.