A: I love the impressionists, but Claude Monet's color palettes are spectacular. I also love the portraits of Mary Cassatt, which tell stories of children and mothers, and her use of soft pastel colors.
Q: What's been challenging about your work as an artist?
A: The most challenging part of my work is finding the time in between being a wife, maid and caretaker. Yet, the challenge to fit it all in is my motivation.
Q: What's been rewarding about this work?
A: I have become a master with color, learned many media, and I still learn constantly.
Q: What has this work taught you about yourself?
A: I love challenge, I don't give up easily, and my artistic journey is my life.
Q: What is the best advice you've ever received?
A: My mother taught me the poem "It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Guest (part of which, reads): Somebody said that it couldn't be done / But he with a chuckle replied, / That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one / Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried...
Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?
A: Although I love to paint, I just recently began learning bronzing! I'm in a foundry learning the entire process and I'm even learning how to weld. Live, love, learn! And don't waste one precious moment.
Q: Please describe your ideal San Diego weekend.
A: Standing in front of my easel with canvas and paint, feeling the sun, breathing the sea air, and painting the beautiful downtown San Diego scenery. Drinking Starbucks coffee, a good salmon salad for lunch, and a walk on the beach with my husband. ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.