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"I was born in Marin County, CA and grew up in the San Francisco bay area (in Mill Valley). Married young and lived in Oregon for 15 years; obtained a BFA in graphic design from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1989. I operate a freelance design business, Red Eye Design, from my home in Alameda, CA where I live on a floating home. I have two grown children, five grandkids and, yes, and yikes, two great grandbabies!"

"When I prep a large canvas for a painting with acrylics — or when I tack a blank sheet of Arches watercolor paper up — I welcome the nervous excitement of expressing myself with paint, charcoal, pastels, India ink, or maybe a mix of red dirt from the Berkeley hills. I do not find a large, white, gessoed canvas frightening — for me it is an opening into a part of me that needs to come out and be seen — it’s a deeply personal journey. I trust that process of expressive painting and am usually surprised at the results. I also am often frustrated and full of doubt.

I need to paint. I need it as much as I need to breathe. I am humbled and grateful I have found myself here — to wonder where all these colors, splatters, drips and scribbles come from.

And I want to express deep gratitude to Leigh Hyams and all I learned from her (or, perhaps I should more accurately say, all she pushed me into!). I stumbled into her painting workshops at Esalen on the California coast in 2008 and had no idea she would split me open like a watermelon. Thank you, Leigh."

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Inner Harbor

30” x 22” watercolor and pastel on paper

A new home is towed to its slip at Barnhill Marina, c. 1970.


Scene nearby Barnhill Marina where the tugs and tankers are moored.

Turning Basin

30” x 22” watercolor and pastel on paper


Near Barnhill Marina is the turning basin, where tugs turn the large container ships around.

Double Hull Tanker at Mardi Gras

30” x 22” watercolor and pastel on paper


Large tankers moor near Barnhill Marina. They fill up the gas tanks of the big ships.


30” x 22” watercolor and pastel on paper


This egret was hanging out on the water’s edge out my kitchen window.

Cactus Bloom

10” x 8” watercolor, pen on paper


Behind our laundry room at Barnhill, neighbor Lai could grow anything. One day one of her cacti was blooming.


7” x 10” watercolor, pen on paper


Just out my window, egrets love perching on the dock railing.

Anto and Lynda’s house

30” x 22” watercolor and pastel on paper


Lovely neighbor Lynda commissioned me to paint their floating home, just across from mine.

Lily Pad

22” x 30” watercolor and pastel on paper


I sometimes see painters out on along the water’s edge, painting our floating home community. One day I realized it was time I painted my own! 

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