ABOUT  THE  ARTIST

A native of Southern California, I grew up in Orange County and settled in Modjeska Canyon in 1973, where I raised 2 sons and currently reside with my husband.

​I am a self-taught artist. My mother was an artist and founding member of the La Habra Art Association, and so I was exposed to the rewards of creating and enjoying art at a very early age. I was given my first oils and a canvas board while in 6th grade, and there began a lifetime love of oil painting. While keeping my hand in painting, I spent most of my adult life in the workforce, and am currently retired from a career with the County of Orange Social Services Agency.  

I began winning awards for and selling my work before graduating High School, and exhibited by invitation for many years during the '70s and '80s at the Hillcrest Annual Art Festival in Whittier. I have won numerous awards over the years in various Southern California venues, and had a painting juried into the top 200 in the nation in the 1992 Arts for the Parks competition.   


RECENT HONORS AND AWARDS INCLUDE:​


  • First, Second, Third Place  and Honorable Mention awards at the Saddleback Art League Annual Spring Juried Show, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • First place in Pastel Category at Anaheim Art Association Open Juried Show, 2013
  • Exhibitor by invitation at Bistango Restaurant Gallery for the fall-winter 2014-2015 season
  • Two paintings juried into the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Illuminations Exhibition for November 2014; awarded an Honorable Mention 
  • Exhibitor in the Yosemite Renaissance 31, 2016 Juried Show; awarded Honorable Mention; permanent park website illustration - website link above
  • ​Exhibitor in the Catalina Island Conservancy's 9th annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale, October 2019
  • Painting, 'At the Bison Corrals', purchased by Catalina Island Conservancy for their permanent collection, 2019
  • Exhibitor in the Yosemite Renaissance 35, 2020 Juried Show at the Yosemite Museum Gallery - website link above
  • Paintings juried into the Brea Art Gallery's 30th and 32nd Annual Made in California Juried Exhibition, 2015 and 2017, and also for the current 2020 Exhibition currently postponed. More information to come.
  • Exhibitor in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters  juried show beginning 2014 and through the following years' July & August 2021 season  -  see  website link above for more information re: the 2020 cancellation

ABOUT  THE  ART

My art is greatly influenced by my love of the natural world​ and I'm drawn to paint that which evokes the beauty and wonder I see around me. A central focus for my work is color, and I am fascinated by the slippery and mysterious ways colors, tones and values shift their relationships to one another with even the most subtle of changes.  I am also drawn to explore the effects of light and shadow, textures and patterns, and while the subject matter is from life, I love to experiment, often taking plenty of artistic license.

The majority of my work is done in the studio from photos. I spend a great deal of time playing with my photos in the PC, duplicating and manipulating them many times over before arriving at a decision for a painting.  It is also not unusual for me to combine several photographs for a final composition.

While studio painting is my first love, I also find plein-air painting to be especially enjoyable and exhilarating. The fast and loose approach with this is very different, and can be quite challenging and exciting.

Overall in my work I value discovery, mastery and personal growth, and I feel very fortunate to be on such a beautiful path at this time of my life.​​


LIMITED  EDITION  PRINTS

LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTIONS OF MOST OF MY WORK ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AS FINE ART GICLEE  (zhee-KLAY) PRINTS ON HIGH QUALITY CANVAS AND PAPER: 


LAGUNA  BEACH
FESTIVAL  OF  ARTS   &
PAGEANT  OF  THE  MASTERS
Tickets, programs,
entertainment & more
Visit:    ​www.foapom.com​​

LAEL


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​YOSEMITE  RENAISSANCE  31
2016  JURIED  SHOW
Permanent website Illustration
Yosemite National Park
 www.nps.gov/yosemite/museum​​

"I turn to look...

A fleeting sight

A wisp of cloud

A spot of light

A flash of color

A bird in flight


Within a breath

All gone from sight

And then...and then

A subtle breeze

A dancing leaf

I turn to look...." ​                                                 ~ klt


  GALLERIES  &  SHOWS for 2020:
NOTICE:  DUE TO COVID-19, the following shows are currently either cancelled or suspended. The Laguna Beach Festival and Pageant of the Masters has been cancelled for the summer season 2020.  The Yosemite Park & Museum are closed.  Brea's MICA Show for 2020 remains currently postponed - more information to follow.
    .  LAEL  ART  STUDIO :   Modjeska  Canyon,  CA .  .  . CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Inquiries call:  714 . 697 . 1522
     .  YOSEMITE  RENAISSANCE  35  JURIED  SHOW:    FEBRUARY 21 thru  MAY  3,  2020​
                                              Website:   www.yosemiterenaissance.org
     . BREA ART GALLERY'S 35TH ANNUAL MADE IN CALIFORNIA JURIED EXHIBITION APRIL 25 thru  JUNE 19, 2020 
​                                                    Website:   breaartgallery.com/mica20  
    . LAGUNA  BEACH  FESTIVAL OF ARTS & PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS:   JULY  5TH  THROUGH  AUGUST  31ST,  2020
                                              Website:    www.foapom.com/art-show

K R I S     L A E L     T E M P L E

"At play  in the fields of Now

In the mystery of what is

The colors...the light

The cosmic background

The texture of  night

This desire to share

Springing from within"

                             ~ klt

"Art is the music of the soul

A means to express the beauty

and wonder

of the world

Something touches me

I am caught...

Becoming the instrument...

Discovering the essence

of a moment in time"

​                            klt