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I received my fine art degree from the University of California at Irvine with a focus on printmaking. During that time I spent a semester at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I got involved in textile design and pottery as well as painting. Natural raw materials were abundant in Mexico and the resulting creativity that sprang from such a culturally rich area fueled many years of exploration.

I continued with my art studies adding a 2 year degree in graphic design which involved extensive photography and dark room skills. After an additional 2 years at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, focusing on painting and illustration, I realized that photography was my preferred medium. It allowed me to express my creativity the most fully, incorporating the design and art skills I had acquired in school with a desire to explore and tell stories through photographic images. 

Sonoma County is my home of 40 years and it is where my career as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer developed.  Teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College in the fine art department and participating in the Sonoma County Artrails Open Studio program for many years as well as being a resident artist at the Healdsburg center for the Arts allowed me a creative environment to express my ideas and share my passion to  'make pictures.'

​​I have chosen Pictorem, a premier on-demand printer, and am offering an extensive selection of options for the new botanical prints:

2021 was a year of world-wide change, ease of travel was challenged by international restrictions due to the Corona Virus pandemic. I think as a photographer who loves to travel this was a challenging obstacle. I live on several  acres of indigenous plants and trees and a small Cabernet vineyard with extensive flower beds - both annuals and perennials. It is this  tiny landscape of texture, curves and colors I decided to explore. I chose to use a high resolution flatbed scanner to create a type of still life that plays with a shallow depth-of-field, unusual lighting and a phenomenal ability to capture the tiniest details . Similar to using a large format camera; it is large, heavy and limited to a small glass 'canvas'  but the image capture is breathtaking!

I have currently been showing my work at the Artists Center at the Galen in Palm Desert, CA.  Two of my pieces were chosen as a juror's award for the ACE  premier  juried art show of  2022 and 2023. Below is a documentary style short film I did for a project called Shifting Sands- Artists of the Desert produced by Andi Weiss and Kris Sorbie. ​​​​​​​​​​

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