Art has been my favorite subject since kindergarten, but my passion for art evolved in earnest when my children started youth sailing on Sundays. Beautiful days at the harbor and beach called me to sketch everything I saw. The sketches led me to watercolor and to then printmaking. My favorite venue for creating art is the water-based monotype. It allows me to create illusions of liquids or solids, opaque and transparent and gives the depth of color and focus that best expresses the fluid nature of the ocean. Using water-based dyes and sponge rollers allows me to create not a photorealistic image but an evocative impression of the subject. It is icing on the cake when I get to see others enjoy the feeling I am trying to convey.
Sailing, swimming and surfing is part of my family’s everyday life. Being connected with my family comes first, and expressing those feelings through art is very satisfying. Many people can relate to these same feelings and life experiences. The ocean is home to me. It is a place I can go to reflect, get inspiration or simply remember all the good times with family and friends.
I got my start in monotypes with Joan Gunther and other print making techniques with Siu Zimmerman in Santa Barbara City College’s Adult Education program. For the past ten years, I have been working with a group of friends at my art studio which provides a supportive yet critical environment.
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