Born in Michigan and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am fortunate to come from an artistic family. As a student at the University of California in Santa Cruz I began my art training in 1991 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Scientific Illustration. From 1994 through 2000 I took series of etching classes with the printmakers Howard Ikemoto, Julie Connell, Paul Roehl and Karen Tossavainen at Cabrillo College. Once I had exhausted my allowed number of class enrollment I set up my home studio.
Through the Monterey Peninsula College art department I continue to enjoy workshops in a variety of printmaking techniques. MPC has a vibrant printing association, MPC Printmakers , of which I am a member. Our group organizes workshops, exhibits and portfolio exchanges.
Animals, botanicals, treescapes and scenics predominate in my art - this is a direct result of my love of nature and my training in scientific illustration. Santa Cruz County offers an unlimited source of inspiration for field sketching, photography and plein air painting. I enjoy all facets of printmaking but my favorite technique is the most direct one – drypoint. The soft feathered lines, rich tones and delicate nature that set this method apart are pleasing to me. Since this is a fragile technique the print runs are much smaller, which makes the image more fleeting and precious.
My work has been exhibited in numerous national art competitions as well as at venues such as The Monterey Museum of Art, The Bolinas Museum, The Springfield Museum and The Triton Museum. All of my print runs range from a single monoprint to editions of thirty. My collection is well-archived and constantly growing.
I am lucky enough to live in Santa Cruz, California with my husband, Michael and our yellow labrador retriever Izzy who is an enthusiastic greeter during Open Studios and workshop events.