I live in Sonoma County and I am a northern California native. I received my BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Upon graduation, I began working in the wine industry, as being an artist is not as profitable as I would like. I put my art on the back burner for many years. While working at a winery that had a rotating art show, I would look at these beautiful pieces wishing I could create them. One day an artist hung her work and I was inspired. I pulled out my acrylic paints that were 20 years old and painted a picture of a dog named Paul. When I showed Samantha my painting she encouraged me to continue. I also posted future paintings on Facebook and my community also encouraged me to continue painting. When I tried oils, my paintings improved 100%. This is what I use today.
I have been fortunate to sell most of my pieces in the United States, Canada, Amsterdam and Ireland. I am inspired by color. Bright colors just make me happy!