About The Artist
I have always loved color as most of my paintings will show but I never thought I’d be such a realist, looking for challenging and detailed subject matter. I keep hoping to be freer with my work but it is not to be. The still life paintings of the Dutch Golden Era were always fascinating to me so maybe that was one of my influences.
I seem to jump around with subject matter so it’s very hard to pinpoint a specific style. I am fed by the beauty around me and the support of a wonderful group of painters.
Watercolor painting has come to me late in life. I taught social studies, art history, and basic design at Redwood High School for 32 years, never pursuing my personal interests until retirement in 2001. After several years of watercolor classes with Marty Meade at the College of Marin, I began to study with a group of eight talented women under the guidance of Cara Brown, a well-recognized watercolor artist in the Bay Area (Lifeinfullcolor.com). We are now known as the Magnolias and have had several group shows at the Marin Civic Center and other local venues.
Through her encouragement and critical eye, I continue to grow and feel more confident in my paintings. I have exhibited at the Marin County Fair, with the Marin County Watercolor Society, and a private show at Creekside in San Anselmo. Covid has restricted exhibits for the past two years.
My family has always been supportive and the recipient of much of my early work. Friends have begun to ask to purchase paintings and gicleé prints, as well as cards. If you are interested in my work, please contact me. I’m always looking for subject matter so if you want to try a commission, let me know, or have a photo that might look nice as a watercolor, please pass it on.
Exhibitions & Press
Marin County Fair 2013 – 2019
Color Me Happy 2015 Cooper Door Custom Framing Award
Virtual Fair 2020
Magnolia Group Show: “Life in Full Bloom” 2015
Marin County Showcase Lobby
Magnolia Group Show: “Edibles” 2015
Marin County Redwood Foyer
Napa Town Fair 2017
Loose Threads Special Award
Marin County Watercolor Society
Tiburon City Hall 2016
Corte Madera Library 2016
Autumn Confetti Ruth Alexander Steward Award
Villa Marin 2017
Rock Hill Gallery 2018
Corte Madera Library 2022
Homage to Mom Ruth Alexander Steward Award
Creekside Pizza & Taproom Solo Exhibit 2018
Magnolia Group Show at Smith Ranch Homes 2019
Lanphier Family Dentistry Solo Exhibits 2018 – 2023
Graduated from UC Berkeley in 1966 with a degree in Design and received a teaching credential from CCAC California College of Arts and Crafts in 1968.