I am a retired Art Educator having taught Middle School for 26 yrs. with a B.A. in Art History from Long Beach State University, and a Fine Art Teaching Credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills. I have studied extensively under Craig Keith Antrim for painting, and Michael DeMeng for assemblage. I have always pursued art outside of my job, but now I am lucky enough to be able to do it full time.
For me, you cannot separate my art from my life. It all goes together. It is playful and fun, a spiritual practice of sorts, and my psychiatrist!
Assemblage has been my favorite art form though I started out as a painter. In assemblage you can take the detritus that is left over, discarded, or broken, and turn it into something interesting or beautiful. It is re-cycling which helps the environment, but it also forces people to look at things differently. Things they thought were of no use, or ugly take on new life and surprise them.
I tend to work with a lot of mixed media and experimentation with materials. But I also still love to paint in watercolor or acrylic. I also enjoy altering books, make the occasional foray into ceramics and experiment with many other art forms.
I have works in many private collections and have shown all over the South Bay (California), as well as in Pasadena, Los Angeles, and now Fallbrook.
I am currently a member of the Fallbrook Art Association and a previous member of the Los Angeles Assemblage Group, and the California Art Education Association.