My art reflects a lifetime immersed in visual and performing arts from all over the world. It has evolved from margin doodles, to pen and pencil drawings, to collages using upcycled materials—foil, paper, photos and other intriguing found textures and colors–combined with my own drawings. I embrace a colorful, surrealist aesthetic, inspired by intriguing interwoven patterns, puzzles, nature, gestures of dance, and improvisational jazz. Whimsical flora and fauna creatures, embedded in environments I call “paper quilt squares,” provide narrative commentary on current events, feminist topics, and environmental issues.  Every square has a story, and I invite you to look through the gallery “Artworks” menu item and visit my blog “LA Art Notes” menu item to join me on this evolving artistic journey.

Featured Works

Spring / Summer Shows

Melting: Climate Crisis
Water is Life

San Francisco Women’s Artists
647 Irving Street, San Francisco CA 94125

May 31 – June 24, 2022

Reception Saturday, June 4 at 2 – 4pm

SHIMMER

A Curated Invitational Exhibition and
Juried Exhibition in Two Locations:

Abrams Claghorn Gallery
Laney College’s June Steingart Art Gallery

April 1 – 30, 2022

Abrams Claghorn Gallery – Curated Invitational Exhibition
Opening Reception Saturday, April 9, 3pm – 6pm

1251 Solano Avenue, Albany CA 94706
510-526-9558

April 5 – May 9, 2022

Laney College’s June Steingart Art Gallery – Regional Juried Exhibition
Opening Reception Wednesday, April 13, 3pm – 6pm

900 Fallon Street, Oakland CA 94607
510-834-5740

Hours: Monday, noon – 3pm
Tuesday, 1pm – 3pm
Wednesday, 2pm – 5pm
Thursday, 2pm – 5pm
Friday-Sunday, 11am – 2pm

On earth, all life needs water to thrive. It is the source of life, the vehicle of cleansing, and the center of regeneration. From our spiritual selves to our bodily existence, we cannot live without it. Perched at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the West Coast is extremely dynamic and complex. We experience water in its absence, its fury, and spiritual significance – from crashing waves and rushing rapids to gurgling flows and gentle splashes. West Coast artists have taken a dive into the deep for Shimmer with works in a wide range of media that inform, inspire, and refresh.

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.”
~ Toni Morrison.
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