The Shop is your destination to find the best in local artwork, from one-of-a-kind vintage finds to affordable prints to standout pieces from artists exhibiting in The Studio. It is our mission to promote and sell the work of local artists and makers, finding creativity, community and joy through art.
Join us this month for a curated display of works from invited artists working in various media.
In the Corner Gallery
My background is simple. I am an Afro-American woman in my eighties who was introduced to art by my artist father. My fascination with trees started back in my childhood growing up in Westchester County, 25 miles north of New York City. My father, an illustrator and cartoonist, and I would often walk into the woods behind our home and draw together. Nature captivated me, especially trees; their forms and structures have produced endless muses. I have lived in Europe, particularly in Zurich, Switzerland, where I attended formal art classes, but prefer exploring on my own the ebb and flow and freedom of my own personal style.
I left New York 18 years ago and settled in Marin County, a special gift, one that has afforded me the pleasures of returning to and practicing my art. California’s climate allows me to draw and paint outdoors almost year round. I have particularly been seduced by the mighty redwoods in Samuel P. Taylor Park. There, I have tried to capture the play of light dancing in and out of the redwood groves and their powerful family configurations, so comforting during the pandemic and these perilous times.
I have also sought solace and found peacefulness by drawing and painting at the Marin Art and Garden Center. My love for nature fuels me, providing me with inspiration and a tangible haven, always an indelible pleasure and resource.
Initially guided by someone (father-in-law) who didn’t know their own direction and who led me towards a direction that I initially thought was useless (two degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute); in the end it turns out that path was correct.
Over the years, I have fine tuned my vision and perception of things. I am not truly interested in precious things but rather the common.
My goal is to celebrate these mundane objects, to share the beautiful use of wood and plant material and to highlight the fact that art depends on the natural world.