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 a 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.
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. I find the fast and loose approach with this to be very different, and 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.
LAEL ART STUDIO Modjeska Canyon CA
Art is the music of the soul
A means to express the beauty
of the world
Something touches me
I am caught...
Becoming the instrument...
Discovering the essence
of a moment in time
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