About

Statement / Bio

Most of my time in the studio is spent oil painting or drawing from live models. I may say I’m “working," but in truth it’s a labor of love and I enjoy every moment. Aside from oil painting, other mediums I work in include etching, charcoal, acrylic, watercolour and pastel. I am a representational artist, so capturing a likeness is important to me, but I don't want to be a camera or photocopier. In whatever medium I am working in, I try to retain the unique characteristics of that medium. I like seeing obvious brushstrokes on my paintings, and lines and smudges on my drawings.


I think I was born to be a figurative artist. At age three I amazed my parents by drawing hands and feet on stick figures. I was already outgrowing my crayons since they failed to create a fine enough line for batting eyelashes like on the cartoon characters on TV.

I feel very lucky to be an artist, spending my days making art and being with other artists and models. Any day in the studio is a great day. The beauty of human anatomy keeps me inspired and challenged. I never get bored since each face and personality is as unique as a fingerprint. I am also spoiled by living in a mecca for the best art models in the world.


I was born in New Orleans, but have lived most of my life in San Francisco where I did postgraduate studies in painting, which I juggled with a rewarding career as a food stylist. I lived in Paris for a year and a half studying at Le Cordon Bleu and La Varenne, which had a profound effect on me. Today I live overlooking the ocean in Santa Monica, CA.



CV

Born in New Orleans, La.

Has lived most of life in San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA.


Education

Academy of Art, Masters of Fine Arts (Painting) Program, San Francisco, CA.

Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France.


Representation

Saatchi Art

https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/297471


Awards

Brand 40 National Works on Paper, Brand Library, Pasadena, CA.


Professional Affiliations

Women’s Painters West


Exhibitions

2018  Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

Only Hearts, Santa Monica, CA

Montana Avenue Art Walk, Santa Monica, CA

2017  Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2016  Montana Avenue Holiday Walk, Santa Monica, CA

 Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2015   Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

 Espresso Cielo’s, Santa Monica, CA

2014   Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2013   Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

 Café Montana, Santa Monica, CA

2012   Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

 17thStreet Café, Santa Monica, CA

2011  Brand Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA   

Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2010   Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2009   Student Faculty Exhibition, Brentwood Art Center, Los Angeles, CA