Featured artists Cate Salenger and Traci McCall will host a reception in our small gallery; complimentary refreshments will be served.
The main gallery will also be open, so you can browse the new artwork of more than 100 local artists who are currently represented.
Artist Statement: “The Sweetness of Life”
In 2009, after loss and the consequent life changes, I tagged along to Italy with a friend who attended an art workshop. While she spent three weeks in the studio, I spent my time lost, literally, - in the streets, gardens, and cathedrals. Whether on foot, on the bus, or train, I rarely found my destinations. But in Italy, wherever you end up, there is art. And where there is art, there is healing and renewal.
Over my lifetime I’ve worked in nearly all areas of the arts, but never attempted painting. Returning home, I noticed an oil painting class and signed up. My goal was to paint my granddaughters. I began there. And as a gardener and former florist, I painted flowers. As an animal lover, I painted animals.
Then I discovered what I love the most - the sweet, life-affirming connection between friends and family and their pets. This subject matter creates in me a feeling of lightness and sweetness putting aside the darkness of our world. I believe our animals and our connections to them and each other are vital to our happiness in this existence and I hope to show this in my work.
This is My Story
When I was young art was my passion. I was in High School; I took every art class that I was allowed to take. My Dad was my biggest fan. One day he started feeling sick and was soon diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After several agonizing years he passed away. I put my paints up and never looked back.
I graduated from college, met and married the love of my life, pursued a career and started a family. Life was good.
One morning, at age 33, I woke up blind in one eye; soon I too was diagnosed with MS. As the years progressed so did the disease. Between the side effects from the medicine and the destruction from the disease I was forced to retire at the age of 45. This left me with the question, what do I do now?
I heard my Dad’s voice: "Baby, Follow your dreams” So I picked up a paint brush and followed my dream of becoming an Artist. Much to my amazement art has given me a new lease on life. Even though it is a daily struggle dealing with devastation that MS brings, art has given me an opportunity to escape into another dimension where MS does not exist. It has been a life changing event for me and I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
I was born in New Mexico, raised in Oregon and reside in California. I am attracted to the mountains, nature, and of course dogs; which has become a huge part of my inspiration for work. Watercolor has always been my favorite medium, probably because of the looseness and magic that happens when the paint meets the water and comes together in a unique design. Oil paint has now entered into my studio. I have many new oil paintings on my site.