I was born and raised in Oakland, California and attended UC Berekeley where I graduated with a degree in Art and Political Science and received the Dean’s Award for Painting. This was during the years of Vietnam anti-war protests, the Women’s Movement, and the emergence of the Black Panthers and SLA. In response to spending my last year of college designing and printing anti-war posters, I moved to New York to learn more about what graffiti artists and other socially motivated artists were doing. I led art workshops with women inmates at Riker’s Island Prison and at the end of three months their art was shown at St. John the Divine.
When I returned to San Francisco, I studied graphic design which I pursued for 35+ years (and continue to do so), enjoying my work with clients to help them bring their vision to life. Also during this time my artistic pursuits turned to watercolor paintings of landscapes which evolved into nature journaling that I teach and deeply love.
In my early work I created portraits of family members using needlepoint for the flesh areas; fabric and hair from wigs for the bodies; raffia for furniture. It was natural to work in a medium that I learned as a child growing up in a knitting and sewing family. It makes sense to me that I would return to sewing in my current work.
Portrait of my mother as The Queen of May