Biography

I was born in California and have lived in several regions of the United States, including New England, the Southwest, the midwest and the West Coast.  These days, I split my time between the Bay Area in California and Whidbey Island in Washington.

Although it seems as if I have always made art and wanted to be an artist I wasn't sure I wanted to teach art.  I went to college to find out.  I am a product of the community and state college systems of California.  I went to West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California and then transfered to San Jose State University where I completed a B.F. A. in Painting and Drawing.  For graduate school, I started out at the University of Notre Dame but after a semester figured out it wasn't the best place for me.  I moved to Tucson where I attended the University of Arizona and earned a M.F.A. in Sculpture.

I wanted to teach and realized that rather than a 4 year school or some big university, I wanted to return what had been given me in my education.  I wanted to work with a mix of students in a system that had fostered my growth as an artist. I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where after two years of trying to get my foot in the door, I landed my first part time teaching position at Skyline community College.  I worked at other schools, but 24 years later, I am at Skyline as a full time tenured art professor.  I teach both Studio Art and Art History and I love it.  My students range in age from high school to retired from the work world.

My teaching and my art are interconnected.  In addition to my teaching I have shown my work in California, Oregon, Washington and through out the United States.

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