Artist Statement

In my art, I take scenes of every day life-- people, places and activities-- and reduce them to their fundamental elements.   I strip away the superfluous detail and minutiae of the moment in order to present each scenario in its essence.  At a certain point, specific content is not that important or even relevant, but rather what appears to be going on, Creating situations that can be observed or contemplated in more universal ways.  This sense of ambiguity or vagueness allows for a range of interpretations and assumptions, for viewers to perhaps add their own content, emotions or undercurrents, overlaying what they think is happening with their own explanations.  To heighten their engagement, I use texture to create a sense of dimensionality, a perception of three dimensions in two, thereby inviting viewers to "step into" each composition as if they were actually there, and to participate in their own narratives.

Many of my paintings invoke feelings of solitude or even loneliness.  The figures appear connected but often seem to be looking away from one another, absorbed in their own lives and stories, perhaps occasionally connecting, perhaps not, like strangers in the same scene.  At other times, figures seem to be waiting for someone to arrive or for an activity to begin, anticipating a meeting or a reunion for instance.  Whatever the circumstances, there's always an outcome awaiting discovery.  

The ways I express feelings of solitude or disconnectedness in my open-ended plot lines are based on my own introspective moments as well as on assumptions about the subjects in my compositions.  With my ever-present sketchbook, I observe alone, recording actions and interactions at a distance, working with whatever I can see, taking what little information is available and imagining the rest.  So much is unclear, uncertain and not possible to observe.  Blending in the settings-- the trees, water, and other surroundings-- I translate my observations into paintings, which in turn become the stories, stories we can either share with one another or ponder in our own unique and personal ways.


Triton Museum, Statewide Painting Competition and Exhibition, Honorable Mention Award for “Blue Water”, December 9 2011- February 5 2012, Triton Museum, Santa Clara CA 

First Place award painting division, Art in the Redwoods, Gualala CA August 2011

Winner, Catalogue Cover Competition, 2008 North Coast Discovery Tour, Gualala 

Judges Award, Art in the Redwoods 2008, Gualala Art Center 

Best in Show award, "Wet Paint" 2006, Gualala Art Center

First prize, oil and acrylic painting, Art In The Redwoods 2004, Gualala, CA



  • SOLO Exhibition, presented by Thomas Reynolds, "Recent Paintings" POP-UP Show, Zinc Details, November 5-20 2016 Fillmore Street San Francisco
  • Art by the Sea, juried open studios, The Sea Ranch, CA Labor Day weekend 2016
  • Epperson Gallery, figurative work group exhibition " Another Take" July, 2016, Benicia, CA


  • SOLO Exhibition, Presented by Thomas Reynolds, "Recent Paintings" Zinc Details October 2015 1633 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
  • Gualala Arts Center and the Soroptimist International of Medicino-Sonoma Coast, "Wine Tasting & Auction," May 8th & 9th, 2015
  • Sea Ranch 50th Anniversary at Gualala Arts Center, "Celebration of Home," May 1st - 31st 2015


SOLO Exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery,  SF “Edge” new works, September 5- October 11, 2014

Natsoulas Gallery, 13th annual California Landscape Exhibition, July 30 - September 20, 2014

St Mary’s College Museum of Art,  Moraga, CA “Landscape Invitational Exhibition” August 10 - September 21, 2014

Anne Neilson Fine Art, 'Grand Opening' May 1, 2014

Natsoulas Gallery, 5th annual “Art of Painting in the 21st Century” exhibition March 5 - April 21 2014


Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 4th & 5th, 2013

Art By the Sea, The Sea Ranch 3rd annual juried art show, Labor Day weekend, 2013

SOLO Exhibition “Improvisations,” Thomas Reynolds Gallery, SF, CA July-Oct 2013

Epperson Gallery, “Bay Area Figurative Works”, March -April 2013 Crockett, CA

Spindrift Gallery, Anniversary Show, February and March 2013, Gualala, CA


Thomas Reynolds Gallery, Group Show December 2012, San Francisco, CA

aMFa, SOLO Exhibition, CA November- December 2012, Orinda, CA

The Sea Ranch Lodge, The Sea Ranch, CA July- October 2012,The Sea Ranch, CA

Summer Exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, CA July 13 - September, 2012

Pacific Performances, Mildred Owen Hall, Solo Exhibition, July-September 2012, Pacifica CA

“Small Treasures” group exhibition, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco CA December 3, 2011 - January 14, 2012

Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA “Figurative Abstractions” March 31-April 2012, 2012 4-7pm


Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA “Three for the Show” March- April, 2011 Featuring works by Sandy Ostrau, Drew Fagen and Craig Gilliland

Napa Valley Art Festival, juried exhibition August 20, 2011

Solo Exhibition, “Summer” Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco CA July 8- August 27 2011

“Three for the Show” March -April 2011, Spindrift Gallery Gualala CA

“Small Treasures” December 2010-March 2011, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco CA


North Coast Discovery Tour, Open Studios September 2010

Solo Exhibition, “North Coast” Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco May- July 2010


“Tiny” juried show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, December 2009

50-50 Juried show, 20th Street Gallery, Sacramento CA April-May 2009

Solo Exhibit, Spindrift Gallery Gualala, CA March 2009


Solo Exhibit 2008/2009 Liisberg and Kalinoski Offices, Gualala, CA

North Coast Discovery Tour, Open Studios 2008

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2008

Solo Show “Essential Impressions” March-April 2008, Spindrift Gallery Gualala, CA

Selected for “A Brush With Nature” exhibition, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA 2008


North Coast Discovery Tour, Open Studios 2007

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2007

“Moments in Time” 2007 group show, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica


Silicon Valley Open Studios 2006


Included in juried show "Wet Paint" 2005, Gualala Art Center

Silicon Valley Open Studios 2005