"Art is a passion. I grew up surrounded by drawings and paintings. In our family of artists and art lovers, everyone painted. I found my true love in oil painting."
I love painting. As a child, I was lucky to have an accomplished artist as a father and a mother who could draw anything. I have always painted. For 25 years, would I paint in my classroom as an elementary school teacher to illustrate ideas and stories that my students created. My niece, Melanie Florio, a graduate of Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) now a professional painter and illustrator, encouraged me to paint with oils and my eyes were opened. I am in love with the thick paint, the darks and lights in nature, and the impressions of the world around me. Art is a passion. I grew up surrounded by drawings and paintings. In our family of artists and art lovers, everyone painted. I found my true love in oil painting.
I paint in my home studio in Point Loma and continue to paint what makes me happy - scenes from old family photographs, landscapes from my life, and things that bring back the flood of family memories of growing up at the beach. I have studied with Lela Harty, and have attended workshops with Jeff Yeoman and Ray Roberts and continue to study and learn.
I live in San Diego with my family, and am a member of the Point Loma Artists Association, The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and the California Art Club. Currently, you can see my work in local shows and at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, B.C. Mexico, La Playa Gallery in La Jolla, and have an ongoing exhibition of "Tea Paintings" and landscapes at Point Loma Tea in Liberty Station in San Diego.