As a child, my first vision of my adult career was as an artist. I had a teacher in the 3rd grade who loved art and classical music. He asked us to draw or paint or sculpt the story or the feeling of the music. Certainly this put me on the music and art path. Unfortunately, I never really learned the multiplication tables. I discussed my ambition to be an artist with my parents, of course. My Mom thought it was a great idea. My Dad, however, insisted it was impractical. I grew up in Long Beach, California, considering the possibilities.

For college, I moved 5 freeways and 45 minutes away from home to Occidental College in Los Angeles. Continuing my artistic vs practical career dilemma, I majored in Art and Psychology. After college, I moved to San Francisco, where I worked, threw pots at a studio near my home, and later, studied at Berkeley for a Master’s Degree in Public Health. After my Master’s Degree, I moved from San Francisco, then to Berkeley, and then to Oakland, CA, where I settled for many years. Most of my job life/career has been spent in the world of health care. At a critical juncture in my life, I felt I had to choose between a MFA or a doctorate in Public Health. For practical reasons, I choose the doctorate, and worked in the regional offices of Kaiser Permanente leading Women’s Health Education. Still, alongside of health care work, I have always been a working artist—taking classes, working at studios, and gifting my friends and family with my various creations.

I now live in Santa Rosa, CA, and devote most of my time to ceramic work. In my ceramic vessels and platters, I explore form, line, and texture. I am drawn, of course, to the body—to rounded forms, and sometimes to edges. My pieces are handbuilt using strip coils, then smoothed, paddled, carved and glazed using a variety of tools, materials, and techniques. I seek to create ceramic pieces that express soul and spirit. I have leaned toward delicate, glass like forms and surfaces with abstract forms. Lately, I have been moving toward painted forms—with plants, trees, the sea and sea animals, birds, and some abstract designs. I have been working with these forms and images since I was a child.


Partial Resume:

Occidental College--Los Angeles, CA
BA in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art
with High Honors

University of California at Berkeley--Berkeley, CA, MPH in Public Health, DrPH in Public Health Education and Behavioral Sciences

Fidalgo Art Institute--La Conner, WA,
Teacher: Lawrence Beck MFA

Studio One Art Center Ceramics--Oakland, CA
Teacher: Robert Johnson, MFA

Laney College Ceramics--Oakland, CA
Teacher: Larry Henderson, MFA

Merritt College Ceramic Department--Oakland, CA, Teacher: Susanna Israel, MFA

Santa Rosa Junior College Ceramics Department—Santa Rosa, CA Teacher: Hiroshi Fuchigami, MFA

Sebastopol Community Art Center—Sebastopol, CA


Selected Shows:

Occidental College--Los Angeles, CA, Best of Student Work

Studio One--Oakland, CA, Student Show, 2004

Leslie Ceramics--Berkeley, CA, Student Show, 2005

Pro Arts Open Studios, Oakland, CA, 2009

Zeta Gallery--Lafayette, CA, 2010

Peralta Colleges--Show of Merritt
Oakland, CA, 2011

Gallery One—Petaluma, CA, AATS Preview 2013, 2014, 2015

CCACA—California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, John Natsoulas Gallery California Colleges Student Show 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015

Finlay Community Center--Santa Rosa, CA AATS Preview 2013


Sebastopol Art Center Gallery--Sebastopol, CA, Members shows 2013, 2014--AATS Preview, 2013, 2014, 2015--Art Trails preview 2015

Sebastopol Art Center Juried Shows—Red 2014, Black and White 2015

Sonoma County Art Trails--beginning 2015—Juried Open Studios

Jessel Gallery, Napa CA—Beginning 2015

Gualala Art Center, Dolphin Gallery—Beginning 2015

Graton Gallery—Small Works Show--2016

Sonoma Community Art Center—Member Show--2016