I count myself very fortunate to live on the Central Coast where beauty presents itself in so many ways. Although my style is primarily impressionistic-abstract, watercolor gives me the opportunity to experiment with various styles and offer those to my students as well, be it pen and ink with watercolor or more formal representation. In addition to the watercolor, design and drawing classes I've taken at Cabrillo College and the San Francisco Academy of Art, my work reflects the influence of workshops I've taken with Charles Reid, Alvaro Castegnet, Barbara Nechis, Frank Webb and Skip Lawrence. I, in turn, translate what I've acquired into instruction at the workshops I lead.
I have painted many different subjects, both plein air and studio subjects, and have painted commissioned portraits of people and pets. I have also designed and painted acrylic murals for the city of Watsonville, the Watsonville Main Library, Watsonville-Aptos Adult Education, a church, doctor and dentists' offices, private homes, and even for a church in Basel, Switzerland.
A wise teacher once told me to paint what I love and learn to love what I paint; I apply that maxim to my work. The warm shadow under an awning, the tenderness of an embrace, the light bouncing off a sidewalk on a hot day, the irregularity of the cobblestone street in Mexico, etc. can be enough to ignite my heart.
A perennial participant in Santa Cruz County's Open Studio event, I've participated in numerous art and wine exhibits throughout northern California and the Bay Area, have exhibited my work at Artisan's Gallery in Santa Cruz, been a member of the California Watercolor Association, the Santa Cruz Art League, the Santa Cruz Watercolor Association, and the Pajaro Valley Art Council. I've taught classes and workshops for the Santa Cruz Art League, Cabrillo College, Gavilan College and the Mendocino Art Center. I've been awarded Honorable Mention by the Triton Museum in Santa Clara in their statewide watercolor competition in addition to various local awards.
I am available for commissions and workshops.
See more of her work at www.carverart.com