was a self-taught artist since childhood. Coming from a fairly large family,
she used to find peace in the solitude of a corner of the house with her pencil
and paper, making coloring books for her sisters or drawing from real life or
her imagination. In 2nd grade, she drew a charcoal portrait of a classmate
whose startling likeness surprised even herself. Her grandfather encouraged her
passion by supplying her with art materials from pastel crayons to oil paints,
canvas & easel. He also fostered her musical education, sending her to guitar
school throughout her teenage years. However, he insisted she spend her formal
education in the business fields because "artists can't make a decent living."
She continued to paint portraits for her own enjoyment and gave oil paintings
away as gifts until realizing it was time to honor her creative gift and devote
much more time to its development and the prospect of an income from it.
Hence, it wasn't until her own daughter was an adult that she took her first art
class, choosing the private school across the street from where she
lived, Mission Renaissance. She spent three years in their program, then
discovered Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and studied painting and
advanced portraiture with their instructors for two years, culminating with one
class in France . She has also studied under the tutelage of two world renowned
artists, Rino Gonzalez and James Zar, through Parkhurst Galleries, San Pedro
CA. And though she is now a professional artist, her love of learning and the
joy of constant improvement compels her toward self-education permanently.
below collection is only a sample of the Artist's complete offering.