Interview with City Star

What kind of art do you do?

I create mixed media work which includes paint, beads, shells, glass, crystals and vintage jewelry. I am particularly fascinated with materials which reflect light and I am drawn to themes of metamorphosis and transformation.

How long have you been an artist?

Professionally I have been an artist for about 25 years although my art has evolved a great deal during this time. I started out with a faux finishing company working in private residences. In the last ten years I have developed my own techniques and unique style of art which I exhibit in galleries. Currently I would characterize myself as a conceptual, transformative artist.

What was your training?

I have taken numerous workshops including one with an English Master, Leonard Pardon, who worked at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, in England. I also apprenticed with Tony Duquette, world-renowned artist, jewelry designer and set designer for the San Francisco Opera. I do, however, consider myself to be primarily self-taught for although I would definitely cite Tony as one of my influences, I am constantly working on and developing my own techniques.

How much time of your time do you spend a day or week on your genre?

It varies greatly from week to week and month to month. Besides creating art I also manage a landscape design company and am the mother of three very incredible, talented children, ages 17, 14 and 12. I find that each of my vocations informs and inspires the others. I live my life “artistically” and bring my passionate abundance of creativity to everything I do.

Is it hard to do?

For me the act of creating is pure joy and bliss. It does take patience and dedication and understanding from my family. The work that I do is quite labor intensive and can go slowly. One of the aspects that I love about my work is that it forces me to slow down and take great care with what I am doing. This is also one of the qualities that my collector’s cite as an aspect of my work which they appreciate- that it is obvious how much care and craftsmanship goes into it. I definitely lose track of time when I am working until someone or something calls me back to mundane reality.

What are the challenges you face?

My greatest challenge is keeping my life balanced and harmonious with all the activities that I am juggling and not driving myself too hard. I am a visionary artist and I suppose part of that is that I am never quite satisfied and am always looking toward taking my art to the next level. I have to remember to just take time to relax, have quiet time alone and in nature. I definitely recognize that my best work emerges when I am not too driven.

What’s your least favorite part?

My list favorite part is pulling all the pieces together for an upcoming exhibition, i.e. finishing and mailing invitations, detailing and varnishing any unfinished pieces, getting all my literature printed out and in order. I do not like deadlines and have trouble staying organized. Where can readers see your work? In May I have an exhibition at Art People Gallery entitled “The Texture of Dreams” and I will also be exhibiting at Art People during the open studios in October. The reception for the artists is on Thursday, May 1st from 4-7p.m. Art People is located at 50 Post St., Crocker-Galleria, Level#2. My art can also be seen on my web-site,, where I list my current exhibitions. I work with other galleries as well and can be contacted for private studio tours through my web-site.