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As long as I can remember, I have always been a lover of the beauty of creation, and a curious soul of what’s behind all that exists. Designing has always been a natural form of creativity for me that has brought healing, peace and joy. Before formal training, I spent a couple of years in Maui, searching for meaning, designing from the inspiration of the colorful tropics, and writing poems.
A few years after returning, I studied at UCLA ext. and entered their textile design program for two years and studied under Michael Schrier. The beginning of my art career started out as a textile designer, designing beachwear and home interiors. My clients included Roxy, OP, O Neil, Waverly, and many more. Additionally, my designs have been featured in The Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
After I had my children, I kept at it, but slowed down some, and started edging over from design into fine art. My greatest inspiration and critic is my mother, fine artimpressionist painter Millie Greene who studied with Russian Master Sergei Bongart. I have also spent several years studying under Michael Sterinagle at Palomar College. Workshops and life drawing are continual pursuits.
I have spent the last 20 years continuing to paint, learn, and find joy in the process. My work is very eclectic, and I allow myself to be led where I am inspired.
My latest series is gold, copper, and silver leaf with oil and acrylic paint. I was inspired by the smooth metallic leaf and the contrast it brings next to other elements. In this medium I have done African ethnic, figurative, and abstract. As I begin this process, I may be inspired by something as simple as a few colors, a live model, or a recent photo that I have taken. I am always looking at design, shape, color and value. I value the process and am humbly appreciative that others are inspired and enjoying my paintings.
I have had the privilege of living on an acre in North County San Diego, surrounded by fruit trees, flowers, and blue sunny skies, in a lush little valley. Every day is an opportunity to be grateful, and never stop learning to not just look, but to really see.