My formal art career began at Philadelphia College of Art (now Philadelphia University of the Arts) from which I graduated with a BS in industrial design. My professional career included working in a variety of corporations and design consultancies as a designer and design manager. I also taught design for two years at Hong Kong Polytechnic.
A few years after graduation from PCA I earned an MBA from Boston University. Along the way five beautiful children came my way and now three wonderful grandchildren are a part of my world. My undergraduate training included classes in drawing, painting, and sculpture. During my design career I used these fine art skills. In my retirement I decided to focus my attention on a fine art practice and began taking classes at several community colleges that included Laney, Merritt, Berkeley City, Alameda, Las Positas and Diablo Valley (DVC).
The major portion of my continuing art education has been gained by attending classes at DVC in ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, costume design, anatomy, Photoshop, Illustrator, cartooning, computer animation and more. I earned two certificates: one in painting/drawing and one in ceramics.
One of the benefits from all this training and practice, aside from the joy of making art, is the association with all the great people in the programs, young and old, students and teachers alike. The mixture of educational and social interaction have made my time creating art one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Now that I have a space in which to work at Studio 55, I am excited about letting out all the stops and working in a place specifically designated as a creative hub. And I am in at the beginning of this new space.
My focus will be on painting and drawing as well as with a little sculpture.
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