I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. From the time I could first hold a crayon and scribble, I was filled with the desire to create. I took my first china painting lesson in 1985 and from that time knew that this media was meant for me. Since then I have expanded my repertoire to include art glass design, wall murals and overlay, multi-media work in tile, glass, metal, wood and stone.
I am inspired by the desert and love recreating the beauty of it in my art, both plant and wildlife alike. However, my designs are not limited the desert alone. Custom design such as fancy scrolls, insect to elephants, fanciful creatures (even rubber duckies), naturalistic to geometric is just that, “custom”. I design original murals and single tile art pieces after working directly with the customer or designer to create the look you are trying to achieve. Each piece is a signed original.
China painting is a fine art, (not to be confused with ceramics) using minerals that are mixed with flux (glass particles) and oils which are painted onto porcelain, glass, or glazed ceramic tile. The work is kiln fired to be permanently bonded to the piece.
I also enjoy teaching the art of china painting. You may contact me to find out where my next class will be.
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