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My first artistic attempt in creating the human figure was around the age of 2 years old when I cut out a newspaper in the shape of a person, then according to my mother I borrowed her cigarette and burned two holes where the eye should have been on the face. This was her earliest recollection of my interest in Art. From kindergarten thru grade school and beyond, I distinctly remember enjoying all my art classes.
I won an Art Scholarship in Painting and Fine Arts in 1971 in a nationwide search 'Draw-me Art Contest' sponsored by Art Instruction Schools, Minneapolis, Minnesota. I also studied Art in Elementary, junior high and high school and a minor in College. I have won numerous awards in local and International Art Competitions. I was a runner-up in 'Paint-a-T-Shirt' design competition and the winning designs was published in 'Woman's World' magazine, July 1986.
I'm free-lance artist painting portraits since 1971. I’m dedicated to fostering and enhancing an understanding of practice, techniques, aesthetics and applications of traditional fine art portraiture and figurative arts. My other endeavor is painting still life’s, landscapes, seascapes, nudes, animals & pet portraits. My main medium is Oil, but I can also work in Acrylic, pen & ink, pastel, charcoal, pencil & colored pencil. I also enjoyed linoleum block carving (see 'Pintails on Christmas Snow' below. In my portraits, I try to paint in the old tradition of classical realism inspired by the study of the old masters.
I lived in San Francisco for 41 years. My future artistic goal is to pay tribute to the beauty of San Francisco thru my paintings. I will put on canvas scenery that is San Francisco, it' rolling hills and cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point, the Cliff House and its Seal Rocks, the Marina and the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman's Wharf and its Pier 39, Fort Mason, Golden Gate Park and its Japanese Tea Garden, the Crookedest Street in San Francisco, Coit Tower, Market Street, the Presidio, the Victorian Buildings, Alcatraz island, Angel Island, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the Sea Cliff district, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, De Young Museum, the Twin Peaks, Mt Davidson, Lake Merced, Lands End, Chinatown, Japan Town, Alamo Square, Union Square and many more. Watch this website in the future and I will share you my San Francisco. Traveling is my other interest in life. I will include works of art in paintings from those far away places.
I was a member of ASOPA (American Society of Portrait Artists) base in New York, Portrait art Society base in San Francisco & Museum Society & Street Artists of San Francisco.
My other interest in life is Dancing. I'm a professional dance instructor teaching Ballroom, Latin and Swing in San Francisco and the bay area.