Born and raised in the US, I spent 28 years in Germany before moving to California in 1999. Europe has inspired me with all its beauty, as does California, and the beautiful islands of Hawaii. I am breath taken by the natural beauty surrounding me, inspiring me to use bold colors.
Ever since childhood, I was fascinated by the creativity and art of all cultures. Over the years, I tried many different media: Watercolors, acrylics, painting on silk, quilting, crocheting, window glass art, mosaics, decoupage, Ukrainian egg painting, and more. Creativity is my life: I'm always on a quest.
Silk is a wonderful medium, and can be used for many purposes. Its texture and glow is unsurpassed. To achieve brilliant colors, I use European silk paints. All painted silk is light fast and hand washable.
AVA Award of Merit 2007 for silk scarf "Black and White", juror Karen Frey
AVA Award of Merit 2009 for silk painting "Haleakala Crater, Maui", juror Dale Laitinen
FALC Honorable Mention 2010 for silk painting "Columbia Glacier, Alaska", juror George Rivera
EVA Second Place 2010 for silk painting "Floating", juror Terri Hill
FALC Honorable Mention 2011 for silk painting "Sankeien Gardens, Yokohama, Japan", juror Mike Bailey, President of the National Watercolor Society
EVA Second Place 2011 for silk painting "Parrot Talk", juror Kay Duffy
LGAA Second Place 2011 for silk painting "Symbolica", juror Kim Lordier
"Achiever in Art 2012", presented by the National League of American Pen Women, Feb. 2012
"Sankeien Gardens, Yokohama" in National Art Show of National League of American Pen Women in Washington, DC, April/May 2012
FALC Award of Excellence 2012, Best Landscape, for "Arrigetch Peaks, Alaska", juror Claire Verbiest
"Arrigetch Peaks, Alaska" in National Art Show of National League of American Pen Women in Atlanta, Georgia, April 2014
Award of Excellence 2014 by National League of American Pen Women, Santa Clara Branch, for "Japanese Garden", juror Carolyn Larsen
2016 Vinnie Ream Award "Work of Merit" in Art for "Symbolica", National Contest at the Biennial Convention of
the National League of American Pen Women in Washington, DC.
Member of Los Gatos Art Association since 2008 (www.lgaa.org)
Member of East Valley Artists since 2010
Member of Fine Arts League Cupertino since 2010
Member of National League of American Pen Women since 2012