In 2001, I began to teach myself to watercolor. Before the days of YouTube and social media, I turned to library books to teach me and painted from photographs. I learned by trial, error and feel. One day, I decided to put the photographs away and mix my internal world with paint and fell deeper in love. My first abstract painting was the first painting I liked enough to frame and put on my wall. For many years, I painted to heal, meditate, explore my inner world and just plain imagine.
In 2014, I left my ten year tenured Business faculty position as Bellevue College near Seattle, WA to embark on an unknown new life. I did not expect to become an artist, but my soul knew and drew me to it. That inner voice pulled me to mentors, acrylics, intuitive painting, and landscapes as memories. I am fascinated by liminal spaces between our inner and outer world.
Since that time, I have been a featured artist for the Northwest Artists Association, Magnolia Art Experience and my painting “Goodbye Adrian” was featured on the cover of the German magazine Raum & Zeit. I’ve exhibited at Sage Brush Art Studio in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica and at the Narthex Gallery in Seattle. My work has been collected in Asia, Europe, North and South America. With over 20 years of teaching experience, it only surprised me that I now regularly teach my Make Jewelry from Watercolor Paintings and Body and Soul Painting workshops from my home studio in Seattle, WA.
And very luckily, I paint.