You know, I hate it when you go to an about page and don’t learn much about who that person really is. So let’s not do that. Here’s a bit more about my story and what makes me tick.
I’ve always been an artist. I started at two years old by doodling on my mother’s legs with a ballpoint pen while she played the piano. She said it was the only way she could get me to sit still so she could practice. I took art private instruction when I was seven, while also enjoying the few art classes offered in public school.
I hit a roadblock in high school when finding out that Art 101 was required before you could take any other art classes. Always scheduled first period, the art class conflicted with my honors math class. As the daughter of a nuclear physicist and a microbiologist, taking an art class over that math class was NOT an option!
It wasn’t until my senior year when calculus moved to second period (hurray!) that I could sign up for my first art class. I loved everything about it. We started by drawing 3-D objects in pencil. When my teacher hung my drawing of spheres and cones in the hallway display case for the whole school to see, I was hooked for life! The class was pretty basic, learning how to draw in pencil, charcoal, ink, and scratchboard, but it was magic to me.
I remember my dad commenting one evening as I was up late working on a drawing, “Why aren’t you working on your calculus. You can’t get into college with a drawing.” Unbeknownst to me, my teacher had submitted a drawing of mine to a California high school art competition that won first place and a partial scholarship to college. Take that, Dad!
Given my background, I never once considered majoring in art at college but instead studied civil engineering. Still, I hoped to take an elective art class while there, but once again, I hit a roadblock. An engineering degree is demanding and grants only a single elective per semester. Unfortunately, “art technique” classes did not qualify for elective credit (what does the education system have against the arts?) The closest I got to an art class in college was my Beginning Drafting class.
I worked as a civil engineer after college for the Bureau of Reclamation, helping design and supervise the construction of the Central Arizona Project. Engineering just wasn’t my passion, so I returned to school to earn an MBA from Wharton (UPenn’s business school) and worked in marketing for several large consumer product companies like Mattel and Nabisco.
Over the next several decades, I took art classes and workshops all over the USA, experimenting with different mediums and honing my skills. As my kids neared college age, I decided I wanted to go to college myself and get a more formal, in-depth art education. I earned my MFA for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2014.
I have been a fulltime, working artist ever since. It took me a while to get here, but I’m finally on my path without a roadblock insight!
That’s my story – now on to some fun facts.
graduation, civil engineering, working artist photos
I can communicate in morse code and semaphore flags
I could be the Crayola Crayon “namer” if they would just hire me
Dogs howl when I sing (and it’s not a compliment)
A few of my favorite things
- Writers: Diana Gabaldon, Ilona Andrews (husband/wife team), Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher
- TV shows: Alias, Dollhouse, La Femme Nikita, Xena: Warrior Princess (I love strong female protagonists)
- Movies: Fifth Element, Inception, The Chronicles of Riddick, Star Trek: Into Darkness (I’m a big sci-fi fan)
- Perfume: Michael by Michael Kors (delicate India tuberose enhanced with sensual woods)
- Foods: India food, blue crab, peaches, popcorn, and Good ‘N Plenty candy
Travel: I enjoy travel that includes exercising and/or art. Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, biking from Prague to Vienna, visiting Christo’s “The Gates” in NYC, and “Floating Piers” on Lake Iseo, Italy
Reading: I typically read at least 50 books per year
Nature walks: Especially in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
Golfing: It looks easy on tv, but it’s so challenging and addictive!
Yes, it’s crazy, but I have three homes. My husband and I follow the good weather. So it’s Colorado in the summer, New York City for spring and fall, and Florida for the winter. I don’t have a favorite, but I enjoy moving around. It always gives me a new perspective.
Colorado, in the mountain of the Vail Valley. The stunning vistas and the blue skies are unmatched.
Florida, near the water in South Florida. I love the lush vegetation and slow pace.
New York City, in the heart of Greenwich Village. The energy and creativity of the city are inspiring.
If you read this and want to keep in touch, I’ve got three options for you.
Bi-Monthly: Once a month not often enough for you? I publish a blog a couple of times a month with a fascinating peek into my life as an artist.
Now: If you want to get in touch and discuss our mutual love of sci-fi movies or anything art related, use my contact form to reach me directly.