My love for creating and working with my hands began as a child. Most often I was writing and illustrating books, painting my furniture, sewing, or drawing and painting.
As the youngest of four, and being too young to attend school, I painted with my artist mother. We learned to paint with sumi ink by following our Japanese teacher every afternoon on T.V. And, Mom would take me to her painting class and set me up with a still life and oils, with little instruction, except to “be sure to paint the negative space”. At a friend’s home, I remember the kids painting a floral arrangement with pastels, while the mothers went off to gab elsewhere. In high school I dabbled in jewelry making, weaving and sculpture.
After graduation from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Textiles, I started a successful hand-painted fabric company in San Francisco, with showroom representation nation wide. The fabrics were used for interiors, drapes, furniture, and walls.
In 1989, after moving to the Napa Valley with my husband, I switched the focus of my work. We built a light filled studio looking out over the vineyards below and I began painting on canvas. This had been a long held dream.
My work has changed over the years, starting with landscapes and animals, and progressing to more abstracted works. Each new series is informed by the work which proceeded it. To this day, one of my greatest joys is to step in my studio and play with images, color and paints.