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A native Californian, art and the love of nature have been lifelong passions for me.

I received my BA from UCLA, with a minor in Art History. A subsequent masters in journalism (also from UCLA) led to an award-winning career in advertising, followed by new ventures in broadcast news and documentary film making.
Through all the years and all the travels, a sketchbook has been my steady companion, recording Egyptian archaeological digs, the movements of killer whales, or the gestures of Tibetan monks.

Now a full-time artist, I actively travel and paint on location throughout California and the western United States.

My work is inspired by the natural world, whether the medium I choose is watercolor, oil, acrylic or pastel. I am most interested in capturing the quality of light as it defines a landscape, a still life or floral portrait. I make a practice of painting daily, either in studio or, my preference, in the beautiful California landscape.
I would characterize my style as borrowing from the best of impressionism and realism. Among my historical influences have been tonalist George Inness, Edgar Payne, J Bond Francisco, and many of the other early California impressionists.

Through group and solo shows, my work has been exhibited at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, the Riverside Museum of Art, the San Luis Obispo Art Museum, the Santa Paula Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in LA,  and is in the collection of the Huntington Library. My paintings have been in National Watercolor Society shows, and won awards at Bowers Museum invitational events.

I'm a member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, a juried member of Watercolor West and an Artist member of the California Art Club.


Solo Exhibitions

2012 Gale's Restaurant, Pasadena - May-July
2011 Descanso Gardens Heritage Gallery, November- January 3, 2012
2011 Colony Theatre Gallery, Burbank
2010 Bowers Museum, Tangata, Santa Ana, April 16 through June
2009 Gale's Restaurant, Pasadena - May-July 2009

Recent Juried Exhibitions and Awards

2014

Pasadena Museum of History - Contemporary Masters IV - Artistic Eden show
California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - Miniatures En Plein Air
Santa Paula Museum of Art - "Quintessential California"
California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - Endless Summer
Descanso Gardens Sturt Haaga Gallery show "Portraits of Descanso"
California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - Legendary Landmarks of California show

2013

Higbee Gallery annual small works show, Costa Mesa
Santa Paula Museum of Art "Fruit of the Vine"
American Impressionist Society 14th annual show (national) "Summer's Splendid End", M Gallery, Charleston, SC
Art Alfresco, Ventura Museum of Art
Padre Serra Art Festival, Serra Parish, Camarillo
Santa Paula Museum of Art "Faces of California" show
California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - San Marino Centennial show
California Art Club Old Mill Gallery - "On the Water" show

2012

"Art about Agriculture" - Santa Paula Museum
Plein Air Festival 2012, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, invited artist
"Art Matters Encore" - Huntington Museum - San Marino Art League show
"California Coastline" - California Art Club show, The Old Mill, San Marino
101st Annual Gold Medal Show, California Art Club, Autry Museum, Los Angeles
"Then and Now" California landscape show, Santa Paula Museum of Art
"Interiors" - California Art Club show, The Old Mill, San Marino

2011

San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, SLO Museum of Art, invited artist
100th Annual Gold Medal Show, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art
Canyonlands Annual Show, Hueys Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Gems from the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo Art Museum
Vacation Getaways Show, Galeria Gitana
International Salon of Traditional Art, Silvana Gallery
California's Bounty Show, Galeria Gitana
City of Brea Plein Air Invitational Show, Brea
Less is More Annual Show, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Small Image 6 x 6 show, Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa


2010

Small Works Show - Silvana Gallery, Glendale
Annual Holiday Small Works Show - Segil Gallery, Monrovia
Gems from the Central Coast, Calif. Art Club, Old Mill, San Marino
2nd Place, Pasadena Artwalk, Playhouse District
Car Culture, Galeria Gitana, San Fernando
6th Annual Best of Plein Air, Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn, Esther Wells Collection, Laguna
Art about Agriculture, Santa Paula Art Museum
Colors of Catalina, Segil Fine Art, Montrovia
California Impressionism: Then and Now, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Jean Stern, judge
Solo Exhibition, Bowers Museum,  Tangata, Santa Ana, CA
1st annual Works on Paper show, Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA "Wildflower Sunset"
Ring Festival Show, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles "The Wanderer's Journey"
Long Beach Museum of Art Group Exhibition with California Art Club, "Belmont Shore Pier"
85th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists Juried Exhibition, VIVA Gallery
Pasadena Society of Artists ACE Exhibition, "Award of Merit", Silverlake, CA

2009

"Pt. Lobos" - oil - California Art Club "Precious Gifts" show - Pasadena Women's City Club
"Arroyo Reflections" - Holiday Small Works show - Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA
Carter Sexton Gallery "Beauty of California" exhibit group show
Temecula Invitational Plein Air Show, Falkner Vineyard, Temecula, CA
"Sierra Splendor" - Hon. Mention, Bowers Museum Invitational Show, Santa Ana, CA
84th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists Juried Exhibition, VIVA Gallery, "Drifters in the Stream"
Artists of the Canyon Spring Exhibition, White's Gallery, Montrose, CA
Verdugo Hills Art Assn, First Place, Artist of the Month, February

2008

"As the Parade Passed By" - watercolor - California Art Club - Pasadena Women's City Club
"Persimmon & Plumbago" Hon. Mention, Pasadena Society of Artists Small Image Show, White's Gallery
First Prize, Pasadena Artwalk 2008 “El Molino Afternoon”
Third Prize, Bowers Museum Invitational 2008 Art Show, Santa Ana “Sunset Magic”
Hon. Mention, MidValley Art League, 2008 Spring Show “My Offering - My Confession ”
National Watercolor Society 2008 All Member Show, VIVA Gallery “Fun Zone”
"Golden Hour" - oil - California Art Club - Pasadena Women's City Club
"Strength is Beautiful" - watercolor - California Art Club - Pasadena Women's City Club
Best of Show "We Two" - oil - spring show -Verdugo Hills Art Assn.
Third Place - "As the Parade Passed By" - watercolor -San Gabriel Fine Arts Assn.
"Fun Zone (at the LA County Fair)" National Watercolor Society All Member show (judge Gerald D. Hannah)
"Arroyo Pond" - oil - California Art Club special exhibition on the Arroyo Seco for Pasadena ArtNight
"Under Autumn Skies" - oil - Calif. Art Club special exhibition on the Arroyo Seco for Pasadena ArtNight
First Prize "Beneath the Bridge" (arroyo seco bridge)- oil - - Small Works show - VHAA
First Prize - "Persimmon and Plumbago" - "Focus on Oils" show - VHAA
Hon. Mention - "Call of the Desert" - "Focus on Oils" show - VHAA

2007

"Persimmon and Plumbago" - Hon. Mention, Artist of the Year - San Gabriel Fine Arts Assn.
"Chinatown, My Chinatown" - Watercolor West 39th annual show
"Drifters in the Stream" - oil -California Art Club show "Rivers and Harbors: Sources and Confluences"
"Castle Green Balcony" - oil - California Art Club show "California in Focus: Scenes of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley"
"My Offering - My Confession" - Brand 36, Brand Library Works on Paper (national show - judge Lita Albuquerque)
“As the Parade Passed By” – National Watercolor Society All Member Show
"Sunset on the Quad" - University of Redlands Centennial Plein Air Show (judge Scott Budicin)
"Persimmon and Plumbago" - First Prize, artist of the month, November, San Gabriel Fine Arts Assn.
“Memorial Day Salute” – First prize, San Gabriel Fine Arts Assn., “Americana” show (watercolor)
“Hard Rock Café” – Best of Show – Citrus College annual show
“French Broad River” – Hon. Mention – Spring Show, VHAA
"Summer Reflections" - Hon. Mention - Fall Show, VHAA
“Valentine Tulips” and “Shell Game” – Small Works show, VHAA


Additional Group Exhibitions

Casita del Arroyo Group Show - California Art Club, March 2010
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Group Show and Sale June 2009
Descanso Gardens Group Exhibition, December 2008- Jan 2009
San Clemente Art Association Plein Air Competition, June 2009
Marengo Collection Gallery, Pasadena - inaugural exhibit - October 2008
Brand Gallery (Glendale, CA) Open Studio Exhibition - September 2008
Descanso Gardens group exhibition - August 2008
"Art Matters" - Huntington Library and Gallery 3rd annual show and sale 2008
"Body of Work" - jFerrari gallery - Los Angeles - March 2008
Artists of the Canyon - March 2008 - Chevy Chase Country Club
Descanso Gardens group exhibition - Dec. 2007 - March 2008
Descanso Gardens group exhibition - Sept-October 2007
"Faith and Hope" - Group exhibition in association with the California Art Club and Sacred Heart Academy
"Pasadena City Hall Celebration - California Art Club - July 2007
“Pigment” – Sierra Madre Open Studio show – June 2007
Artist of the Year show – June 2007 - VHAA

Affiliations

Artist member (juried) - California Art Club
Juried Member - Watercolor West
Member, National Watercolor Society
Oil Painters of America
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
Pasadena Society of Artists


Publications:

Cover painting, "Incoming Tide," Dana Point magazine, Summer 2008
Feature Article, Newport Living Magazine, Winters 2008
"Overlooking Pasadena," artwork, Eucalyptus Magazine, Spring 2010
California Art Club 100th Anniversary Show, American Art Collector, April 2011

 

Education

UCLA, BA (Phi Beta Kappa) - art history minor. UCLA Masters degree in Journalism
USC Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies

Work life prior to my art career:

I am an Emmy award-winning producer and have been a writer for ABC News 20/20, PBS shows, and hundreds of corporate, sales and marketing programs for businesses and non-profit organizations. Prior to that I was a creative group head for several major Los Angeles advertising agencies.

Author of "Teach Yourself Photoshop (Holt)," "Your Career in Advertising (McGraw-Hill)," and other books about the creative life.

Award-winning designer, with a specialty in video and web graphics.