Artist statement

My paintings are expressions of my essence.  I enjoy creating work that visually captivates the viewer on a physical and emotional level while quietly transporting them to a vibrant yet soothing world.  I find inspiration in nature and in our relationship to nature.  The fluidity of organic lines and curves, ever-changing light, air, and the energy that moves through all living things excites me, as does the fusion of what it is to be a spiritual being in a physical world.  

I enjoy creating dynamic compositions that are ethereal, expressive, gestural and musical.  My paintings are modern interpretations of nature's wonders blended with my intimate personal journey and embrace varying levels of abstraction, patterns and imagery.  Each piece is an expression, an emotion, a dance or a melody conveyed in an entirely non-objective way while expressing rhythmic poetry without a described reality.  

I paint in a variety of mediums ranging from classic oil paints to acrylics to collage.  I love using a soft harmonious palette that conveys an inviting mood.  My best work happens when I get out of the way and something more luminous and magical than me appears on the canvas.   

Artist biography 

I grew up in Mill Valley, California and studied in the East Bay and Paris before following a childhood dream to live in Europe. After realizing this dream, and over ten years in France & Italy, I have come full circle returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Following in the footsteps of my grandfather, a noted Japanese Abstract Expressionist, I majored in Art History & French in college, moved to Paris twice and eventually found my way to painting.  I have moved close to forty times with eight moves on an international level.  A lifetime of uprooting and letting go of everything known ― friends, family, home, culture and all things familiar ― has had a profound effect on my life and my work.  

When I am not in the studio, I teach French.  To open another’s world to this beautiful language and culture inspires me immensely.  And to take a student from learning to count from one to ten to conversing fluidly with passion is richly rewarding.  

I am wildly inspired by Bonnard, Matisse, Diebenkorn and Morandi and I create out of my studio in the landmark ICB in Sausalito.  

Education

2014-2019 Post Graduate Coursework in Fine Arts at College of Marin plus new techniques courses with local Bay Area artists 

1986-1989 Mills College, Oakland CA - B. A. in Art History and in French Language

1987-1988 La Sorbonne Paris IV, France- Art History and French Civilization