I came to painting late in life, after a career in academia. My first thrills from paint came in museums, which I visited often while traveling for work. I first tried making visual art in the late 1990s beginning with a class in drawing at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. My goal then was simply visual literacy, but drawing and eventually painting also proved so engrossing that I have continued my studies ever since. Oil painting gave me special pleasure and I have continued painting several times a week ever since. My original interest in visual expression and design has grown into a deep and abiding love of drawing and oil painting.
In these years of study I have taken dozens of classes in the visual arts at the Pacific Art League, Foothill College, College of San Mateo, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute, and the Scottsdale Artists’ School. I have taken private art instruction from various contemporary painters including Bob Gerbracht, Kim English, Ovanes Berberian, Van Waldron, Boris Kokhno, Randy Sexton, Ray Roberts, Peggy Kroll-Roberts, Rebecca Alzofon, and Michael Kirschel. Artists Brigitte Curt and Jim Smyth of the California Academy of Painters were my first teachers of painting and have had an especially great influence on me.
My paintings have been chosen for many juried exhibitions locally and nationally since 2006, several have received awards from the Pacific Art League and the Society of Western Artists. My paintings also hang in the homes of several Bay Area collectors.
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