About

As a painter, I like to explore the poetry available in oil paint.  I draw inspiration from natural forms, circles, spirals, organic lines and curves, and nature’s wondrous creations like bird nests.  Whether representative or abstract, I enjoy the serenity and calming feel of these shapes and symbols.

 

My work expresses mood and emotion where ethereal glistening light and brushstrokes are fluid, spontaneous, and from the heart.  The expression of optimism and hope is always present in a musical dance within the work.   I hope the metaphorical engagement that weaves through my pieces will invite the viewer in, open dialog, or lead to a sense of ease or wonder.

 

I grew up in Mill Valley, CA and have come full circle returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area after a decade living and working in France and Italy.  Following in the footsteps of my grandfather, a noted Japanese Abstract Expressionist, I have moved close to forty times with eight of those on an international level.  A lifetime of uprooting and letting go of stability — friends, family, home, culture and everything familiar — has had a profound effect on my work, and has redefined what home really means to me.  A "strength-in-the-face-of-fragility" theme shows up often in the nest series.  What appears delicate or vulnerable is surprisingly strong and stable, and yet sometimes must be abandoned or completely rebuilt. The nest theme also conveys a sense of comfort, warmth and welcome that can lack in today's unpredictable world. 

 

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

 

Exhibitions

Bay Area Women Artists exhibit, Juried by Donna Seager & Suzanne Grey, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, July - August 2017

RETURNING, Juried by Suzanne of Gray of Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Month, Mill Valley, CA, May 2017

Small Works Show, Graton Gallery, Graton CA, February 2017

Annual Members Show, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, January 2017

Art of the Spirit, O'Hanlon Center for Arts, December 2016

Juried Spring Exhibition, College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield CA, April 2016

Sacred Connections Exhibit, College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield CA, June 2016

The Barn Artists Group Exhibit, TREK Winery, Novato, CA, August 2015

Ruby Living Design, Mill Valley Fall Art Walk, Mill Valley, CA, September 2015

Juried Spring Exhibition, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, April 2015

 

Education

2014-2017 Post Graduate Coursework in Fine Arts at College of Marin plus new techniques courses with local Bay Area artists 

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

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