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How did you become a designer/artist?
From the time I was a child, I loved drawing and design. At the age of twelve, I was selling paintings and at sixteen won a national award from the American Legion and received the gold medal for my poster design. I was also teaching art classes to students. I did silk screening on cloth and Christmas Cards and easily sold my designs. I also sold art work privately – painted murals in homes in Pasadena and San Marino and other California cities. I studied art at Scripps College under Phil Dike and sculpture under Nishan Tour.
In my early twenty’s, I created a twelve page community sales newsletter in South Pasadena where merchants advertised their wares. This began my advertising business over the next twenty-five years designing supermarket ads for both the Pantry Markets and the Albertsons Market chains in So. California and Nevada.
After that career was over, I designed jewelry and batiks and sold oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings in several galleries including Laguna Beach and Pasadena.
Where are you from originally?
What are you doing now?
I have recently taken several trips to Europe and am now concentrating on landscapes while promoting my Web sites.
What are your plans for the future?
I will continue my new series of European-style landscapes, inspired by impressions when traveling in Europe. I will be taking two more trips to Europe in the next year.
What American artist inspires you most?
I especially love the work of Millard Sheets and many of the PleinAire art masters.
What unlocks your creativity?
My travels to many parts of the world – especially tropical areas have inspired my interest in depicting the natural beauty -including native customs, rainforests and endangered species discovered there. I continue to support tropical rainforest saving projects.