Found objects -both natural and manmade- intrigue me. I use my iPhone to capture and transform combinations of these into colorful and unique, two-dimensional images using post-processing applications that facilitate collage, blending and colorizing techniques. These days I tend to print on acrylic to lend a sense of depth and texture to the work. I've also recently started experimenting with painting on my images using acrylic gold leaf paint and diamond dust glass crystals to accentuate certain features and framing them in clear, acrylic shadowbox frames to further enhance the dimensionality. My goal is to have viewers feel as if they are walking into a supernatural nature scene when they view one of my images. I’d describe the artistry behind my style as something along the lines of: feelings-based, nature-focused, abstract-figurative-impressionist-pop. Because I’m trained as a clinical psychologist emotions are never too far from my awareness and inform my work to a great extent. I strive for a style that is ever-evolving and growing.
University of California, Los Angeles. Ph.D.
Selected AWARDS, HONORS, MENTIONS:
2019. Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Sanctuary Exhibition, "Sanctuary 4", 1 of 3 Jurors Choice Awards.
2019. Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA. Members Exhibition, "Soar 4", Third Place.
2018, 2017. Tokyo International Foto Awards. Images (2) from "Hong Kong" and "Apres Safari Jigsaws" series', FineArt, Collage, Honorable Mentions.
2017. L.A. Photo Curator, The Art of Timelessness, International Juried Competition, "Babies", Honorable Mention.
2016. Tokyo International Foto Awards. Fine Art Series, "Soar", Honorable Mention.
2016. IPA- International Photography Awards. Family of Man- Professional, "Sisters". Honorable Mention.
2015 PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, "Motion", international juried group show, Honorable Mention, May 28-June 17.
2014 Artist Guild San Diego Museum of Art, "Illuminations", international juried group show, Honorable Mention, October 31-November 25.
2020 Palo Alto Arts Commission: one of 8 finalists for creation of a two-year temporary mural for a location in Palo Alto.
2019 Peninsula Museum of Art, Arabella Gallery, Burlingame, CA. Nature: Hiding in Plain Sight. August 18th-October 27th, 2019.
2016 Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Novato, CA. "Emerging Artists of Northern California". Series- "Soar". Dates: Sept 10- Oct 23.
2015 North Tahoe Arts, Truckee, CA, Solo Exhibition, "Figures and Abstractions", national juried solo show, Feb 24-March 30.
2014 Pacific Grove Art Center, Boyer Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA, "Out of My Office", national juried solo show October 24-Dec 18.
Selected Charity Auctions:
2020 Triton Museum Annual Gala Auction (online), Nov-Dec 2020.
2019 Peninsula Museum of Art, "Collectors Salon" exhibition. Nov 1-24.
2019 Narika Charity Auction. www.Narika.com. September 14, 2019.
2019, 2015, 2014 Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "12th,13th,18th Annual Art Auction", juried group show, October.
2014 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, "Collect! Annual Auction", regional juried group show, October 18-25.
Selected Group Shows:
2019 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto,CA,"Artist Showcase 2019-2ndAnnual Show", juried small group show, Dec 6 2018 - Jan 29, 2020.
2019 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA "Anniversary Show", juried group show, Nov 1-27.
2019 ADC - Art Design Consultants Art Comes Alive, 2019, international juried group show, Oct 5-Dec 6.
2019 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA "Abstraction", national juried group show, June 1-30.
2019 Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "Sanctuary", national juried group show, May 15-June 23rd.
2019 Livermore Performing Arts/ Bothwell Arts Center Bankhead Theater Gallery, "GO FIGURE", regional juried group show, May 8-July 8.
2019 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, "Into the Wild", national juried group show, May 1-30.
2019 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, "Members Show", regional juried group show, March 1-28.
2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Cheyenne,WY,"Western Spirit Art Show", national juried group show, March 2- April19, 2019.
2018 Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village, CO, "Horse Power", national juried group show, January 12- Feb 24, 2019.
2018 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto,CA,"Artist Showcase 2018-1st Annual Show", juried small group show, Dec 7 2018 - Feb 7, 2019.
2018 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, "Statewide 2D Competition & Exhibition", national juried group show, November 3-January 20, 2019.
2018 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, "97th Anniversary show", regional juried group show, November 3-29.
2018 ADC Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH, "Art Comes Alive", national juried group show, October 6-November 30.
2018 Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA, "Coast to Coast", national juried group show, August 30 - September 29.
2018 Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, "Abstraction at Large", international juried group show, April 12-May 6.
2018 Falkirk Cultural Center 2018 Spring Open Juried Exhibition, March 23-April 26.
2018 Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA, "Seeing Red" juried group show, February 9- March 9.
2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015 Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "SNAP" juried group show, January.
2018 Sebastopol Center for the Arts, "The Year of the Dog", juried group show, Jan 5- Feb 11.
2017, 2015, 2014 Your Daily Photograph, "Emerging and Contemporary" (online Duncan Miller Gallery).
2017 Tag Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, "2017 - 12th Annual California Open,", National juried group show, August 9-26.
2017 Mpls.Photo Center, Mpls, MN, "Companionship A Celebration of Animals", juried group show, August-September.
2017 ArtExpo New York, "Going Places" series curated by Blink Art Resource & ADC, New York, NY, April 21-24.
2017 Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, "Reflections and Shadows", international juried group show, Feb 17-March 26.
2016, 2015 PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, "Contrast", "Colour Burst" international juried shows. July, Feb.
2015 Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, "2015 Members' Juried Exhibition", July 25 - September 19.
2014 Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, "Degrees of Abstraction", national juried show, October 25-November 16.
2014 Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA, "Fresh Art 2014", national juried group show, September 13 - October 11.
2014 Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA, "9th National Juried Exhibition", juried group show August 2- August 24..
Nature: Hiding in Plain Sight. www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVdfl41582A
2014: "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden", photographic essay, burn magazine, March.
Summer 2019. Insurance Company in Cincinnati, OH. Three images from Apres Safari Jigsaws series, 5'x 5' on canvas for entrance hallway.
Fall 2019. Design group in Virginia. Three 30" x 30" images on metal from Apres Safari Jigsaw series for conference room.