About the Artist

theartistI grew up in a dark corner booth upholstered in red leather. It was the booth closest to the kitchen, water-station and grill. It seated six but we could squeeze in eight and it’s a good thing since there were six kids in my family. My parents owned ‘the restaurant’ as we called it, and in the early years of Hatton’s of Hollywood, one might find the whole family tightly packed into that booth, after the lunch hour and before dinner. But as the years flew and my older sisters became teens, all that changed. My father worked nights and my mother started working during the day. My parents rarely saw each other. I suspect that’s how their marriage lasted over sixty years. ~ Excerpt, “Hatton’s of Hollywood”

The above is from a chapter in a memoir I have written. I hope to share more of it in the blog on my new website. I have embraced aspects of our technological modern life and it suits me to sit at home and reach out to the world from my studio and desk. I will also post current artwork and sketches. But for now, here’s a little more information on my background:

I was born in Ohio but packed my bags and moved to Southern California at six months old. I grew up in Westwood, in an art deco house on Glenroy Ave. as well as in the corner booth of Hatton’s. My parents worked day and night and eventually had all their six children work at Hatton’s as well. “Garlic, olive oil, lemon and Hatton’s of Hollywood were the mother of us all.”

My father was fascinated with the entertainment industry so he created a trio from my three older sisters. He called them the Hatton Sisters, of course. He listed all of us with Central Casting. We were extras in many a movie, some classics.

Fortunately, my parents also saw to it we attended good schools. We went to University High then most of my siblings went to UCLA. It was around the corner. I, however, left for UC Berkeley where I unknowingly grew roots into the cool Northern California soil. I returned to LA for a while after college and worked in a computer company even though I majored in History and minored in Art. Then I got married to a man I met at CAL and moved to Sacramento where I had my daughter, Filaree. Years later, I moved to the Bay Area to work in a psychiatric hospital. I got married a second time and had my son, Jesse. Both kids grew up in Marin County where I still reside.

I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. I even won a fire prevention medal in Jr. High for painting a poster of a devastated forest with the caption, “Did you do this?” And I vividly recall sitting alone as a young teen, in our downstairs bedroom, gripping a chewed pencil as I drew a self-portrait and tried to capture my hair falling down toward the little hand mirror on my lap.

I kept a journal and wrote poems as well. My parents asked me to read the poetry on holidays. I think I felt compelled to write and make art as a form of expression. But looking back, it also seems an unconscious attempt to find peace.

When I realized my Masters in Fine Arts might not get me a day job, I went back to school and took a second masters in Art Therapy. I was able to use art as a way to work with the young, the elderly and everything in between. But now I know the things I like best are the quiet of nature, diamond glints on sunlit water, fresh air after a rain, drawing or painting the model and the solitude of my studio.

If you enjoy what you see or read on my website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I do enjoy connecting with people too.

Upcoming and Current:  

    ‘Hidden’ group exhibit, Marin MOCA, 1/14 -2/19/2017

     Marin County Open Studios, May 6-7 and May 13-14, 2017, 11am – 5pm, 520 Woodland Rd., Kentfield, CA, 415-464-1007

     Venus & Virgo Gallery Boutique, 7 Mariposa, San Anselmo CA 415-453-5200, Selected painting and sculpture 

Exhibitions: 
“Hidden”, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art 1/14-2/19/2017

“Line & Shadow”, College of Marin, Kentfield Emeritus Center 1-2/2015: ‘Local Landscape’ 3/2015

Artworks Downtown, SR, “Musical” 2016; “Small Works” 2016, 2015 &12/09; “Crossing the Line” 2009

Toby’s Feed Barn, Bay Area Painting – Art Contemporary Marin, 2016

Falkirk Juried Annual, San Rafael, 11-12/2015, 2001, 1998

Falkirk Cultural Ctr., SR, “Falkirk’s 100” 2012, 2011, 2010

Marin MOCA, Novato, 2016; 2015; Motion/Emotion & Re-Vision, 2014; 2013; Small Treasures 2011-12

Pt. Reyes Natl. Seashore Visitors Center, 2012, 2010 & 2007, 1998

Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Ctr. Gallery, SR, 2014, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007 & 2006

Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, Art on the Farm, 2012-2013

Bolinas Gallery, Art on the Farm, 2012, 2009

Elsewhere Gallery, Fairfax, “The Art of Giving” 2011

Marin Open Studios & Gallery:  2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005

Marin Arts Council Gallery, SR, “Go Figure” 2011

Marin Arts Council Gallery, SR, “Small Wonders”, 2010-2011

Elsewhere Gallery, Fairfax, “Figuratively Speaking”, 2010, Selected artwork until 2013

Elsewhere Gallery, Fairfax, Selected Exhibitions, 2008, 2009

CFA Gallery, Group Preview, Donna Seager, curator, San Anselmo, 5/2004

San Anselmo Arts Commission. Art Walk, 2003

“Exquisite Face”, 750 Gallery, Sacramento, 2002

The Body Gallery, San Francisco, 2002

“Encore”, Claudia Chapline, curator, F. Lloyd Wright Civic Ctr., SR, 2001

California Collectors Gallery, Kentfield, CA, 2000-01

“SEVEN MAGIC REALISTS”, Falkirk Cultural Ctr., SR, 2000

William Lester Gallery, Pt. Reyes Stn.,1998-1999

“Bodies, Rest & Motion”, F. Lloyd Wright Civic Ctr., SR, 1997

Gay Gordon Gallery, San Anselmo,1990-1991

Praeger & Co., Alcoa Bldg. Maritime Plaza, San Francisco

Francoise McCuen Gallery, San Anselmo

Center for Psych. Studies, Art by Art Therapists, Albany, 1991

Fine Arts Exhibition, Marin Co. Fair, l990, l985 (Awards)

California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland

Milton Parsons Gallery, Marin Co.

American Assoc. of University Women Exhibit, UC Davis

Women Artists Exhibit, Sacramento, Exhibitor, Curator and Publicist

KVIE Art Preview, Sacramento

McKinley Arts Center Gallery, Sacramento

Omega Gallery, Sacramento

Festivals:

North Beach Art Festival, San Francisco, September 2003
Marin Art Festival, Civic Center Lagoon, San Rafael, 1999, 2001 & 2008
Union St. Art Festival, San Francisco, 2000
McKinley Garden & Art Center, Sacramento

Work Experience:

Private lessons and classes, 1994 – present
Artisan Films & 6’2″ Productions, Marin, CA, 1999 – Film Illustration
Alberto Culver, Chicago, Ill., 1996-97; Artist – Package Designs
Ross Hospital, Kentfield, Ca.,1989-94; Art Therapist
Pat Jampolsky Design, Marin, 1985-1987; Artist – Design Illustration
Tamalpais School Dist., 1983-87; Art Therapist & Adult Education
E.A. Gladman Mem. Hospital, Oakland, Staff Art Therapist
Women’s Art Show, Sacramento, Curator & Publicist

Slide Lectures:

Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, 1/2000 & 10/1998
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1989
Northern California Art Therapy Assoc., S.F., 1990, 1986
California State University, Sacramento, 1985

Education:

BA, University of California at Berkeley
MA, Painting, California State University, Sacramento
MA, Art Therapy, California State University, Sacramento
Post Graduate Work: University of Hawaii; UC Extension, S.F.;
Academy of Art, S.F.; College of Marin; Classical Realism Atelier, Oakland