I started painting in 1980 after I took my daughter to the county fair and paid someone to draw her. It was so bad I said I could do better myself, and did. At the time I was a fifth grade teacher in Calexico where 97% of my students spoke Spanish. My husband was a golf nut and was either watching TV or golfing all the time while not working so I wanted something to do for myself.
I started a bilingual education masters program at Cal State. At the same time since I had been drawing since 7 or 8, I decided to try painting. I took a magazine cover and tried to copy it. After 3 paintings I was able to show my work at the county fair. I painted a lot until I became an administrator at the county superintendent’s office.
I became the Director of Bilingual Education at the county office and directed 3 Title VII grants in 5 school districts as well as initiating and directing an out of the county Spanish immersion program in Mexico for five years.
When I retired I started painting again and have had good success. One of my paintings, Jerry’s Pizza, received Best in Show at the Kern County Fair. My paintings are in several Collections in Bakersfield, including several in Betty Younger’s and Janeen Smith’s homes.
I was accepted in the juried Morro Bay National Invitational shows in 2005 and again in 2007. In 2010/2011 I had two summer gallery shows in Laguna Beach, California.
I have shown my paintings at the Bakersfield symphony with good success, sometimes selling two at a time.
Once I moved to Vancouver I became a member of the SWA as well as the NOPG and won Best in Show at two SWA shows and Best in Show at the NOPG Spring show.
I also had a show and lecture at the Three Creek Community Library and had shows at the Confluence Winery in 2018-2019.
I currently sell my paintings online through my home in Lakeshore, Washington and at my other home in Murrieta, California.
1962 Art show Chula Vista High School - woodcut and tissue collage
1978 Started painting in oils while working as an elementary teacher
1982 Started copying magazine photographs in oils
1983 Received an award at at the Arts Council of kern art show
1987 Became a member of the Bakersfield Art Association cooperative
1999 Retired as an elementary school principal
2006 Started to sell my paintings at the BAA cooperative gallery
2006 Newspaper article with photo at The Bakersfield Californian
2007 One man show at the Bakersfield Art Association gallery
2007 Newspaper article with photo at The Bakersfield Californian
2007 Exhibited my paintings at the Morro Bay Art in the Park in July
2008 Best in Show Kern County Fair
2008 Exhibited my paintings at the Quorum Gallery, Laguna Beach CA
2008 Exhibited my paintings at the Morro Bay Art in the Park in July
2008 Newspaper article and photo in The Bakersfield Californian
2008 Started to paint with Phillis Oliver, a signature watercolorist from Vancouver, Washington
2008 Juried into national show at the Morro Bay Art Association
2008 Commissioned to paint a 4x5 foot painting for Christmas home tour
2009 Juried into national show at the Morro Bay Art Association
2009 Newspaper article about my art in The Bakersfield Californian
2009 Exhibited my paintings at Quorum Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA
2009 Commissioned to paint 4x5 foot painting for Christmas home tour
2010 Newspaper article and photo in The Bakersfield Californian
2010 Newspaper article and photo in the EYE section of newspaper
2010-14 Sold paintings at the BAA gallery and symphony +1 man shows
2014 Moved to Vancouver, Washington
2014 Started to paint with Bev Birdwell in Vancouver, Washington
2015 Received second place at Society of Washington Artists fall show
2016 Received Best in Show at Northwest Oil Painters Guild fall show
2016 Received Best in Show at Society of Washington Artists fall show
2021 Received Best in Show at Society of Washington Artists Fall show