I emigrated to the US over forty years ago. We had a toddler and our second son was born a year later. So I was busy being a Mom and family care taker! In 2004, after my children left the house, I discovered painting. and fell in love with it. I started taking classes at our local community college. I love living in So. California, very close to Laguna Beach! It is beautiful and inspiring with so many Art related happenings! I paint in oils and I do a lot of studio paintings from life. Setting my Still Life's are fun and it takes a long time for me to get the right composition, mood and effect, but certainly worth the time! I also do figurative paintings and landscapes from photographs I take where I travel to. I want the viewer of my paintings see and feel the beauty I see in everything in my life and experience that joy. One of my strongest loves are for flowers, specially roses.
I love the play of light and shadows on objects and flowers. The shadows help to dramatize the paintings and are an important part. I have had quite a lot of Artistic influences in workshops with such masters like David Leffel, Jeff Watts, John Cosby, Jackie Kamin, Daniel J. Keys and others whose work I admire. I study their works, I learn from them, they help me in my Artistic journey. I am always a student of Arts!
I have won several awards, have been featured in Southweat Art as "Artists to watch" and I am represented by Arist Eye Gallery in Laguna Beach and Cottage Gallery in San Juan Capistrano.
I have exhibited and won numerous awards in shows and competitions in different states and countries. My work hangs in private collections worldwide.