Born in Middletown, Connecticut, my earlest memories were with a Crayola always loving to draw. My mentor was John Sweeney, my high school art teacher...a true artist. He inspired me to enter exhibitions which resulted in winning two National Scholastic Art Awards by 16.
After moving to California I attended Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, then moved to Hawaii where I attended the Honolulu Art Academy and the University of Hawaii. After many years I returned to California and earned my degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Throughout my career I have been honored with many awards and am represented in galleries in Southern California and Connecticut. I descibe myself as a contemporary realist who paints abstractly. My painting journey is through abstract areas of color, shapes and contrast, and when completed and taken as a whole surprises me by becoming realistic. Everyday subjects interest me the most. I try to capture
glimpses of daily experiences that tell a story and try to create a mood or feeling the viewer can experience and relate to. Lately, I have started painting still lifes in the style of the "Old Masters". My objective is to combine the Old Masters technique using contemporary objects.
I also volunteer to teach art to grammar school children through ArtReach, a special non-profit organization that
takes professional artists into elementary schools throughout San Diego County to provide standards-based, visual art workshops. For more information about ArtReach, please log onto artreachsandiego.org