I began taking photos in high school for the yearbook and newspaper. Little did I know then that it would be a life long passion. I have had my own photo studio off and on since 1980. I have worked for several newspapers in Arizona and California as a photographer. While working for the Los Banos Enterprise newspaper I received the CNPA second place award for a photo essay on salmon migration in California rivers. Also, during this time I taught photography classes using the dark room at Merced College, Los Banos Campus. Later, I won Best of Show, at a juried exhibit in a local county fair art show. This photo was submitted to the Sacramento State fair and won Honorable Mention.
My wife and I taught art workshops including painting, photography, and ceramics in our studio for the last 20 years. Recently, I retired from teaching school and now plan to pursue my love of photography and wheel-thrown pottery.
During the last 18 years I have come to enjoy throwing pots on my ceramic wheel. I have taught many students, children and adults, ceramic art. Since my retirement I enjoy participating in various art shows in Madera and Fresno area displaying my photos and pottery.
My art career started as an art major at Fresno State University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then a teaching credential. While my children were growing up I had an art business at home. I painted mostly commissions which included landscapes, farming scenes, wildlife, house portraits and many other subjects. I was involved in many art shows and exhibits locally. Farming scenes were my favorite subjects to paint because I came from a farming family. Most of my life has been spent living in the San Joaquin Valley as a farmer's daughter, wife and now my son who has also followed the family tradition of farming. My mother was my greatest influence in becoming an artist. She was an art gallery owner in Santa Nella (Los Banos area) and we spent many years painting together.
While teaching my husband and I opened an art and photo studio in Los Banos where we taught art and photo lessons to students of all ages. After thirty years, I retired from teaching and currently paint in my studio at home. I enjoy painting with watercolors and acrylics and still have a passion for farming subjects. To be able to express their struggles with water shortages, politics and their love for their way of life is one of my goals I want to share in my paintings.
Currently, I have been busy participating in various local art shows in Fresno and Madera. Meanwhile, my art took a different and challenging direction. I was asked to illustrate children's books. The first, called How Far is Heaven? then another called The Blanket ofMiracles kept me busy for several months each finishing paintings before the publisher's deadline. What an enjoyable experience that was!