A native Californian, I grew up in a small, Orange County city in Southern California among strawberry fields, liquor stores, used car sales lots, and bus trips to the beach.
It wasn’t until I left Southern California to attend college in the Central Coast that I started to pursue a path that would combine my love of open spaces, nature, 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 and created a life as a landscape architect and restoration ecologist in Sacramento. After 16 years, however, I began to feel restless and in 2012, I began to paint again, and to revive my skills, I workshopped with a number of watercolor artists. My current work is informed by the sun-saturated colors of California, inspired by my work as a restoration ecologist, and influenced by my studies with Carol Carter, Lian Zhen, Robert Dvorak, David Lobenberg, Dale Laitinen, and Stephen Quiller.
With my art, I work to explore, reveal, and celebrate the innate joy, beauty, and mystery of the life around me. I invite you to share the visual journey and to make new discoveries with me.