Relating to art, I am largely self-taught. I started taking workshops and classes in the San Francisco Bay area, at the College of Marin, California Academy of Sciences and Point Reyes (seminars) in the early 1990's.
I have a BA in English literature and Master of Library Science, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Besides being a Librarian at UC Berkeley since 1962, I was a small press publisher of poetry from the 1960's-1980's.
My preferred medium is oil painting. I have been in juried and invitational group exhibits since 1994 with various awards and honors. Memberships include the Marin Society of Artists, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and San Francisco Women Artists -- the collegiality is rewarding. I have exhibited in various galleries, and have had a number of solo shows in Marin County. I regularly participate each year in Marin Open Studios (at my home) and previous to its closure, at the Marin Art Festival (in San Rafael).
I am fascinated by abstraction, three-dimensionality, motion, luminescence, color, shadows and reflection; water is a favorite subject of mine, many of my works have been inspired by trips to the Oregon coast. Subjects I choose often cannot be done on the spot (as in the middle of a stream), so I compose using photographs for the source. The outdoors anywhere is my “studio”. I prefer oil painting because one can work on effects more freely in the moment and over time until something of impact is achieved. I work on a piece until I surprise myself, hoping to draw others into what I have finally seen after intense focus.
Seeing becomes more acute when focus lasts hours, I count on that acuteness. One can start out with a goal, but most often for me, it changes as the subject becomes more and more complex and elusive. Mostly I go off on a tangent, departing from the original. For some painters, (perhaps most of us), the painting toward which we struggle is not what we end up with, there is often a serendipitous element in art, no matter what the subject.
Other painters, past and present, are an inspiration. I like double meaning such as is found in the works of Rene Magritte and M.C Escher; I haven't tried it yet, but someday I would like to play with that type of illusion, as well as with abstract realism, perhaps abstraction.