I have been a visual artist all my life. As a child, while others were outside playing baseball or riding bikes, I was reading or drawing. I am a third generation Californian, with a Yaqui Native American heritage. My art is a representation and an expression of my surroundings and everyday experiences. Favorite subjects to paint are usually organic or nature inspired such as water moving over rocks, a hummingbird at a cactus blossom or a landscape capturing an atmospheric moment. I am experienced in oils, acrylics, murals, clay sculpture and wheel thrown pottery. I have focused on water media painting for the past twelve years. My preferred style of painting is applying multiple layers of intense color and using various techniques to create texture. I enjoy watercolor for its spontaneity and for the rich colors I am able to apply to paintings. As a traveler, I have found watercolor materials easy to pack up and take with me to places near and far, such as Yosemite, Puerto Vallarta, New York, Australia, Tobago, Costa Rica, Alaska and most frequently Santa Fe, New Mexico. I hope to entice the viewer to be involved in the interpretation of the subjects I paint and to experience my art in their own way.
I am a member of Pomona Valley Art Association, and have served as Gallery Trainer, Coordinator for the Monthly Show, and Curator for the PVAA Annual Juried Show. I am also a member of Loma Linda Cultural Art Association. I have instructed adults in watercolor art for ten years and have been an invited watercolor demonstrator at the LA County Fair and multiple Inland Empire organizations. You will find more of my artwork at SOHO Gallery at the Montclair Place, Montclair California, on Facebook and regularly at Claremont farmers/artisan market.
I have studied under and/or taken water media workshops from: Aida Hughes, Milford Zornes, Sylvia Megerdichian, Chris Van Winkle, Tom Lynch, Bob Maslas, Jan Hart, Tom Fong, Bob Burridge, Fealing Lin, Barbara Nichis and others.