I am the daughter of a writer/artist and a model/singer.
I always knew I was going to be an artist, and got a lot of encouragement
and training from the start. Though born in Ohio, I grew up in LA. I started
modeling for artists in high school, and took art classes. I put myself
through school on scholarship, receiving a BA, with honors from UC Santa
Cruz, and a Masters in Arts from Humboldt State. At Humboldt I concentrated
on Photography and Sculpture. After graduating I worked as a professional
photographer, videographer, foundry person, and graphic artist. In the
mid 80's I began freelancing as a display artist and prop designer for
TV and movies. I continued these professions, breaking into mural painting
in the late 80's. I moved to Ventura in 1989, and got a studio at ArtCity.
I began getting grants and commissions to do murals and sculptures, often
in juvenile correctional facilities and schools, or involving some community
participation component. I started teaching art classes at Ventura Community
College in 1995. In addition to teaching and grants, I continue to support
myself as a freelance artist- painting murals, designing merchandise for
the music industry, making paintings and installations, creating photographs,
modeling, creating and driving ArtCars.
If there is something unique about my artform, it would
be that I accommodate the opportunity, and devise the art approach best
suited to create an impact. My "art form", which manifests as
many art forms, is generally participatory, employs materials and methods
in effective but unusual ways, pushes the "envelope" of the
institution involved, and is completed by an audience. The crowning glory
of making an ArtCar is the reaction of people as you drive by. Murals
reflect and enhance their geographical location. My photos are printed
and mailed as holiday cards. What the community/student projects lack
in polish, they overcompensate in revealing the creative spirit in persons
underserved by formal arts access. The projects that have historical or
political content engage those previously uninformed.
People are surprised by my work. They find it humorous,
clever. Generally, peoples' first impression is positive, and then they
say "how did you do this?" ArtCars and murals are not unique.
Cave paintings are among the most ancient artforms, and I am sure the
Weinermobile and Batmobile made an impression on me as a kid. Because
my work is publicly accessible, displayed statewide, and nationally published,
it contributes to Ventura's,( my home town,) cultural vitality, and viability