'Born in Tucson, Arizona in 1960 on an air force base, I was 6 months old, when my father had finished his term and we had moved to San Jose, California. Now called Silicon Valley. Home of inventors, innovators, brilliant musicians, and artists of all types.
Growing up in the lush, open fields of Almaden Valley, in Santa Clara County, where cherry blossom trees lined the expressways and fruit orchards were almost on every corner, nature has been a constant source of inspiration my entire life. Dance, poetry & singing came naturally to me at an early age.
I remember the birth of my artistic calling. It was 1965, one spring morning, during kindergarten. I was working on this cool art project. We were using colorful pastel tissue paper to cut shapes we loved and gluing them onto a rescued piece of wood that I chose to paint a warm, soft, buttercup yellow. Still to this day it is my favorite piece in the whole world and you have my brilliant Mother to thank for saving it all these years!
I remember that day, feeling so happy & engrossed in using scissors, “on my own”, for the first time, cutting pastel colored hearts, a flower, a mountain range and a banana. Out of a multitude of shapes, these were my favorites & like most of my art, each has its own story and this one is no exception. Each shape defined who I was and what was truly important to me in life. I just loved the happiness that I captured in the piece. And this little voice inside my heart said, “This is what I want to do, bring light, happiness & joy to the world!”
I remember having this epiphany, as my tongue comfortably stuck out while cutting the shapes and gluing them on the wood & in a bold moment of purpose and passion, I said to my teacher “I want to be an Artist”
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