My passion for painting started as a young child, and was enhanced when I began studying portraits, figures and still life with Arthur C. Maynard at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Although not well known he is considered a master being a protegee of Frank Vincent DuMonde, in turn a protegee and contemporary of Winslow Homer.
Some of the notable artists with whom I have studied are: Everett Raymond Kinstler, official White House and The Smithsonian portraitist; David Leffel of Taos (NM); sculptor Stephen DeStaebler of the San Francisco Art Institute; Maurice Lapp of Chicago and Santa Rosa (CA); Harvey Dinnerstein, Art Students League, New York City; William Scott Jennings of Sedona (AZ); Ken Auster of Laguna Beach (CA), and Mary Beth McKenzie and Wolf Kahn of New York City.
My greatest strength is working with figures, and I have had the opportunity to do so worldwide. I have developed art featuring the people who work in market places in Italy, Mexico, Kenya and Columbia. Native Americans are proud and fascinating people and my art features the Navajo, Apache and Plains nations. Homeless people also exhibit pride in spite of their circumstances and I have presented their character in my series about the homeless. Pride is international and in Kenya I was thrilled to artistically capture the people, particularly the Massai.
I use my art to help charities help women through fund-raising events. For that and because of my background as a financial manager which I also use to help women world-wide I received a 2007 Living Legacy award from the Women’s International Center. Nationally I am a member of the American Artists Professional League, the Allied Artists of America, and the Oil Painters of America. Regionally I am a member of the Artists Council of Palm Springs (CA), former president and current vice president of century old La Jolla (CA) Art Association and founder and president emeritus of the Allied Artists Association of San Diego. I have previously been a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, San Diego’s Market Street Group and Art Institute.
My art is in collections throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and I have regional, national and international exhibitions. My art has also been shown in the San Diego Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Art Museum and elsewhere.