ABOUT THE WORK
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I look back on my time at Mills College with much gratitude to the wonderful teachers I had in the art department; among these: Bob Dhaemers, Ralph Ducasse, Katherine Caldwell, John Dickinson and Eunice Preto. After graduating with a BA in Art in 1972, I went on to study scientific illustration at UC Berkeley. I thought I’d pursue a career in that field, but got sidetracked by a job working with severely disabled young children. At the same time, I was a volunteer at Creative Growth; one of the first art programs for adults with developmental disabilities in the country. My interest in art and in working with disabled individuals came together after my husband and I moved to Mendocino in l985. I made a wonderful friend in a women’s art group and together we started a small nonprofit art program in the nearby town of Fort Bragg, based very much on the model of Creative Growth. Our program, Art Explorers, has grown and flourished. Now, more than 20 years on, I am preparing to retire from my position as teacher and co-director of the program, and hope to spend more time on my own art. Through the years, I have worked primarily in watercolor with emphasis on subjects from nature. My early training in scientific illustration has definitely influenced my work. I was fortunate to have a show of my watercolors of succulent plants at both the Oakland Museum and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History early on in my career. Here, in Northern California, I exhibit my work at Partners Gallery in Fort Bragg.