Born: 1953 Biloxi Mississippi
As part of military family, which made frequent moves, constant change
of scenery was very much a part of growing up. I learned to read people
below the surface and make friends quickly. My childhood was spent in
the desert communities of the American southwest at a time when Western
movies and television shows were at the peak of popularity so the bridge
between what is real and imaginary was built for me at an early age. Exploration
of the desert terrain revealed an adventure land teeming with life rather
than the vast emptiness apparent upon first glance. The revelation that
people and things may not be how they seem has been a life-long metaphor
Living in the fertile San Joaquin Valley taught
me an appreciation for the cycle of planting and harvesting. The United
Farm workers boycotts of the 1960’s and 70’s taught an appreciation
for honest labor and brought a rich mix of culture into my life.
Living close to the border between the United States
and Mexico in Southern California taught me appreciate and respect other
cultures and different modes of expression. It also taught me that basic
human needs and desires transcend cultures.
My experience as a woman artist led me to focus on what it means to be
a human, who happens to be a woman now, especially in a society where
lasting physical beauty is paramount.
The love of color and form has permeated every aspect of my life from
earliest memory. It is a very powerful weapon and tool.
Painting has allowed me to express how I feel about the world more clearly
than any other mode of communication. Through it I am able to express
what is constant about the cycle of life and what continuously rings true
although metamorphosing and changing.