Creativity expresses itself in several forms. It’s something many people possess. My first creative expression occurred when my mother left me in my uncle’s hands. He fell asleep and I finger painted all the porcelain in the bath room. Since that early day my creative outlets emerged in art quilts and fiber art which I explored while living and working in Santa Fe, NM. My fiber art was shown in the La Cienega Studio tour when I lived there. Looking back on this art form it reminds me of my current color pallet, and design using texture in my pieces.
Since retiring as a teacher my focus is on art as my “new career”. It has prompted me to take oriental brush painting classes, mixed media workshops and studio work with Janet Bothne at Studio J in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. Contemporary painting in acrylic and mixed media is my love.
My work has appeared in shows at galleries and venues in the Albuquerque area. In 2019 two paintings were seen in the television show, "Better Call Saul". A recent solo show represented my journey along the mixed media trail with samples of my art books and fourteen paintings including a bit of encaustic. Presently my work is available at The Gallery ABQ, Albuquerque, NM. I am a member of the Rio Grande Art Association, and the Corrales Society of Artists, and the Society of Layerists in Multimedia.
Art is the creative journey which leads my exploration into painting and experimenting with color. These explorations allow my inner child to play with mark making on canvas and wood panels. My love of Oriental brush painting has influenced my work and fuels my practice of utilizing mixed media, such as collage elements into the works I create. East meets West as I integrate these influences with my passion for abstract expressionism - joining the exacting, methodical style of one, with the free, spontaneous flow of the other. Oriental influences are a natural pairing with my love of nature. As a gardener I'm enamored with flowers and trees which have become subjects of my work.