Acrylics and Water Media
Painting is a necessity for me. It is therapeutic, calming, rewarding, and a welcome escape from a busy noisy world. Even after a frustrating day in the studio I go to sleep dreaming of my next artistic adventure. Painting and creating is happiness.
I was born in Hawaii and raised in the Samoan islands where I spent my childhood hiking, swimming, and exploring nature. Arts and crafts have always been a part of my life and I have experimented in many art forms. After retiring from teaching in 2008 I began to take watercolor classes and was immediately hooked. I have taken numerous workshops from well-known artists and have participated in shows and exhibitions in Utah, Hawaii, Oregon, and the Western Federation Of Watercolor Societies. As a watercolor artist my primary focus was on realistic, close up, bold and colorful plants and flowers with a strong emphasis on detail, value contrast, light and shadow. I continue to expand and develop as an artist especially learning how to see as an artist. In 2017 I began experimenting with acrylics. I enjoy the vivid colors and the permanence of the paint. My art style and subject matter is constantly moving towards brighter, bolder colors and more simplistic shapes.
I now spend part of the year in the beautiful red rock country of southern Utah and the other half of the year on the spectacular Oregon coast which offers endless painting opportunities and inspiration. Seascapes are now included in my portfolio. I have been represented by galleries in Utah, Hawaii and now Oregon.