I am a free-lance artist with a “love of letters”, specializing in calligraphy, illustration, bookbinding, sign painting, gilding, and teaching. I paint in the field because I have a deep appreciation for nature and science. I love working “en plein air” capturing the scenery in nature’s ever-changing showcase. She is my teacher and inspiration. I am a professional illustrator and designer and also, an avid journal keeper, filling several books at the same time. I savor life by making a sketch a day. Journaling is my passion and as a result, a publisher asked me to write a book on the subject, Artful Journals by Sterling Publishing.
My teachers, mentors, and students have taught me more than could fill any art book. All the words I write cannot express my gratitude for the contributions they’ve made to my life. Thank you all. I travel extensively teaching sketchbook journaling, calligraphy, painting and drawing, and the bookarts. We all learn by example, so my first priority is to infuse every class with JOY!
Life and Art are one.
My work is so joyous that it borders on play. Work created by hand and mind and soul. It is an ongoing journey of study, lots of sweat, perseverance and heart. My life’s graph of this journey is a silhouette of mountain peaks and valleys. The lessons of my life’s blood are recorded in my journals. Everyday is fresh white paper. I have come to understand what goodness is and that the full spectrum of beauty is beyond the visible.
I draw what I see and I draw my imagination.
Journal your passion!
who lives life as art
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Papyrus Greeting Cards, Tiffany & Co., Crane Paper Co., Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort, See’s Candies, Romantic Homes magazine, California State Capital printing press gilding restoration, Newport Fashion Island, Sumitomo Bank of California, University of California Riverside-Library, Japanese American National Museum, Asia America Symphony Guild, Les Dames, National Charity League, Van Cleef & Arpels, Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro, Petersen Automotive Museum, Franklin Mint, Warren Buffett, Gloria Stuart, Nate Berkus, illustrator Speedball Textbook 24th Ed, Make It Artsy tv appearances, and artist-in-residence Yosemite National Park.