After attending graduate school in fine arts with a major in painting at the University of California, Berkeley, I was invited to teach there for two years. Prior to Berkeley, I had attended the Beaux Arts in Geneva and focused on draftsmanship and masterful drawing of the figure.
I grew up in Los Angeles and received a remarkable education in public schools, arts schools, and museum classes in that city. I taught at CCA after Berkeley and used my focus on drawing to teach ski Pérure lls. I also taught and continue to teach composition, color, light, content, and rhythm. At Berkeley I had been the Anne Bremer Award winner and at CCA I was one of the winners of a Union of Independent College of the Arts Grants. For years I've done portraits, and those portraits are hung in homes and collections here and abroad.
For many years I've spent each May in Europe. I've spent time in London and Paris and often took side trips to Vienna, Madrid, and Venice. Drawing in the museums from the masters has informed my work. I am a participant in the tradition of draftsmanship. During my years at CCA, students have wanted to cultivate their drawing skills and it's been a rewarding gift. In courses, students have cultivated their drawing skills and at this time there is a huge resurgence in the teaching and rendering of masterful work. Current technologies and genres interact with their discipline and students with strong drawing skills are well positioned to pursue their careers upon graduation.
This May I saw a show in London at the British Museum: Fra Angelico to Leonardo — Italian Renaissance Drawings. I, along with large crowds, was ignited by this show of skill and wonder in telling who people are through the execution done with pencil or pen or gouache on paper.
I currently work in color with pencil and gouache. I'm inspired by Watteau and Mantegnd, to mention a few. Like artists in the past, I feel a great debt to many who like myself aspire to conquer the mastery of drawing. I remain awed by the pursuit.
Associate Professor, Painting Drawing