I am a native Californian and grew up in a small, Orange County city in Southern California among strawberry fields, liquor stores, massage parlors, used car sales lots, and an Alpha Beta Supermarket. This bland, sleepy city would transform in the late 1970’s as the influx of hopeful and industrious Vietnamese refugees turned a mundane avenue of the city into the bustling and vibrant community of Little Saigon.
It wasn’t until I left Southern California’s urbanscapes to attend college in the Central Coast that I started to pursue a path that would combine my love of open spaces and art. Surrounded by oak woodland savannahs and coastal chaparral, I obtained my BS in Landscape Architecture and Minor in Fine Arts at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.
After graduating from Cal Poly SLO, I set aside my art interests for 16 years as I pursued my landscape architecture career in Sacramento. In 2012, I began to paint again, and to revive my skills, I have workshopped with a number of watercolor artists over the years. My bright, luminous colors are informed by the sun-saturated colors of California, my work as a landscape architect, and my studies with Carol Carter, Lian Zhen, Robert Dvorak, David Lobenberg, Dale Laitinen, and Stephen Quiller.
In my artwork, I work to explore and reveal the innate joy, beauty, and mystery of my subjects. I invite you to share the visual journey and to make new discoveries with me.