"Creativity takes courage.”
THE ARTISIT: From a very young age my instinct was to draw. However, despite taking numerous art courses over the years, a more accurate description of me is that I am a self-taught artist.
My formal education includes courses taken at U.C.L.A, the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, and Ball State University where I worked with a variety of mediums including ink, washes, clay, and charcoals.
It wasn't until I was in my early 30's when a group of friends and I began to meet one evening a week to paint that I learned to use and appreciate the richness of oils and created my first piece, "Copper Kettle". Today, my medium of choice is acrylics.
Gardening is another passion. Often, my inspiration comes from nature and the study of light and shadows. The subject matter of my paintings are primarily still lifes and gardens.
I've been painting for most of my life yet remain open to learn new techniques and to find ways to improve my craft. That said, my style is in a constant state of development. I studied the works of the old masters as well as contemporary artists but am especially drawn to the “blurry” world view of Impressionists like Monet, Cezanne and Renoir. French as well as American Impressionism have certainly influenced me. To be honest though, I find my style is mostly dictated by the subject matter. Sometimes, a piece yearns to reflect precise details. At other times, I let the pallet knife dictate the unpredictable strokes and color combinations as in a couple of my paintings, Sun Flowers and Gold Fish.
Please contact me to inquire about my work.
Lilli's Violet, 12" x 16" Acrylics on canvas. First Prize Acrylics Category, August 2021
MAG Annual Show
THE AUTHOR: My love of mysteries began at an early age through children’s mystery book series. Noir films and movies of the mystery/suspense genre, especially anything Bogart, have also influenced my writing.
My third novel, Shroud of Lies (2017), introduces private investigator, Rhonie Lude, who knows the pecking order and that to survive, she has to be tougher than a man and twice as smart. “I’m a woman doing a man’s job and that’s threat enough.”
Silenced Cry, the first book in her Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, (1st edition, 2007; 2nd edition,2017), received honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Fair. Book two in the series, The Devil Can Wait, (1st edition, 2008; 2nd edition 2017), received the Bronze Medal in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY).
Member of Sisters In Crime.
My art studio is in my 106-year old home, situated across the banks of the White River, where the characters in my novels, Sam Harper and Rhonie Lude, came to life.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Ball State University in 2001. I’m a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, lived in Los Angeles in the late 1970’s but have called Indiana home since the age of four.
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