For as long as I can remember, I have seen things differently.
I see shapes... the fullness of a figure, the rhythm of form in people and in nature.
It’s what I see first: a stylization of reality. I plant a seed for an image and it starts to grow,
I turn it over and over in my mind seeing it clearly before I begin to sketch or paint.
Some of my paintings even come to me in dreams. Instinctively, I paint the forms I see
in vibrant hues because to me, life is ripe, it’s rich, alive.
A proud native to San Jose, I have been creating paintings and murals for over 20 years.
I received my MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and returned
years later when asked to teach illustration in their undergraduate and graduate
departments. Although I enjoyed teaching, I wanted to maintain focus on freelance
work for my business,
Three Moons Studio.
Over the years my illustrations have graced numerous products
for companies like: Orange Coast Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, MyCeuticals,
Contra Costa Times, Natural Wonders, Piatti Restaurants, Bell Sports, USA Weekly
and board games for University Games. My studio work has also included large sized
commercial paintings for Starbucks, Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and clinics.
I also regularly paint private commissions for requesting individuals.
I have created chalk murals for 15 years. I’ve been commissioned to create street
murals in many cities, such as Santa Barbara, Mission Viejo, San Diego, Tahoe, San Jose
and San Rafael. I have also competed in the original International Street Mural Competition
near Mantova, Italy and won a medal in their Simpleci category.
(The only American to win a medal that year.)
Additional mural honors include: 2004, People’s Choice winner and 2007,
Grand Prize winner - Santana Row competition. In 2008, I was a featured artist for
the second time at the San Rafael chalk art festival.
I worked from 2000-2012 as the Senior Creative Manager of Illustration and Iconography
for Yahoo! Inc. I am now freelancing with a wide variety of web and mobile clients on visual
design, illustration and icon design.