My passion for painting started as a young child, and was enhanced when I began studying portraits, figures and still life with Arthur Maynard at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Although not well known he is considered a master being a protégée of Frank Vincent DuMonde, in turn a protégée and contemporary of Winslow Homer.
Some of the notable artists with whom I have studied are: Everett Raymond Kinstler, official White House and The Smithsonian portraitist; David Leffel of Taos, New Mexico; sculptor Stephen DeStaebler of the San Francisco Art Institute; Maurice Lapp, of Chicago and Santa Rosa; Harvey Dinnerstein, Art Students League, New York City; William Scott Jennings of Sedona, AZ, Ken Auster of Laguna Beach, CA, and Mary Beth McKenzie and Wolf Kahn of New York City.
My greatest enthusiasm is working with figures, and I have had the opportunity to do so worldwide. I have developed art featuring the people who work in market places in Italy, Mexico, Kenya and Columbia – including the famed coffee man of Columbia. Native Americans are proud and fascinating people and my art features the Navajo, Apache and Plains nations. Homeless people also exhibit pride in spite of their circumstances and I have presented their character in my series about the homeless. Pride is international, and in Kenya I was thrilled to artistically capture the people, particularly the Maasai. You can see these and more on the gallery pages of this website.
I use my art to help charities help women through fund-raising events. For that and because of my financial investment background as a certified financial manager which I also use to help women world-wide, I received a 2007 Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center. I am a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League. I am also a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York; the Allied Artists of America; Oil Painters of America; the San Diego Museum of Fine Arts Artists Guild, and the Artists Council of the Palm Springs Museum of Art. I am past President and Life Member of the La Jolla (California) Art Association and the founding President/Director of the Allied Artists’ Association of San Diego. I have been a member of the Art Students League of New York, the Santa Rosa (California) Art Guild, The Market Street Group (of San Diego), and the San Diego Art Institute.
My works are in collections throughout the United States, Italy, Poland and Mexico, and are award winners in international and national juried shows. They have also been exhibited in museums, including the San Diego Museum of Art, The Palm Springs Art Museum and the Bonita (CA) Cultural Museum and Art Center. My studio is located in La Jolla, CA.