My paintings have a sense of stillness and have been described as dreamlike. The art keeps evolving and becomes more complex with every new experience. The body of work skillfullly blends nature and abstraction, sometimes in energized images and at other times in tranquil and contemplative evocations. My inspiration comes about because of the process. Several paintings that are in different stages of completion are worked on at the same time. I begin by letting paint flow on the canvas rotating it as rivulets of color drip freely forming suggestions of images. With these marks I envision landscapes and proceed to bring out whatever the canvas suggests: perhaps a pond, grove of trees or mountains. Metallic pigments mixed with solvents are alternately layered with thin layers of oil paint, building up several layers per painting. This method gives the art a reflective glow. Texture and corrosive elements also result from this painting method and are intentional. This method of painting is a result of experimentation with oil paints, solvents and metallic pigments that began in 1999. It is a culmination of having worked with different media like pastel, watercolor and colored pencil over the last 25 years. Some of the paintings are also embellished with colored pencil and cold wax. Photo reference is sometimes used as a springboard for my images. At other times the imagery comes from my imagination. I spend a lot of time photographing the landscape when not in the studio. I was born in Croatia and emigrated to Chicago in the 1950's. Southern California has been my home since 1986. I started exhibiting in 1990 and currently maintain a studio in Orange county California.


Education:
University of Illinois, Chicago
Ray College of Design, Chicago
California Art Institute, Thousand Oaks, California

Events:
Published by Wendover Fine Art Publishers,Florida 2016-2019
Artist of Note, Southwest Art Magazine, November 2014
Santa Monica Book, 2012
Saint John's Hospital Art Wall, Santa Monica, 2009-2013
Colored Pencil III, 1994
Published by Galaxy of Graphics, New York, 1993-2003
Joseph Wise Gallery Laguna Beach, 2003- 2013
Studio 2135 Laguna Beach, 2002-2010

Exhibitions:
2017 Randy Higbee Gallery Dec 2, 2017- Jan 2018
2017 Laguna Beach city hall October- November
2017 Verum Ultimum Gallery Portland, Oregon October- November
2017 Altadena Town & Country Club, Sept-Jan 2018
2017 Verum Ultimum Gallery Portland, Oregon
August12 -September10
2017 Old Mill Gallery California Art Club May-September
2017 Old Mill Gallery California Art Club Jan-May
2016 Randy Higbee Gallery Costa Mesa Ca
2015 Breckenridge Fine Art Center, Texas
2013 Joseph Wise Gallery
2012 Bistango,Welles Fargo Cap Gallery,Sylvia White Collectors Show,Joseph Wise Gallery
2011 Welles Fargo Cap Gallery,Joseph Wise Gallery
2010 Joseph Wise Gallery,Santa Monica Book
2010-2002 Studio 2135 Laguna Beach, Ca
2009 Festival of the Arts,230 Forest,St John’s Art Wall Santa Monica,Joseph Wise Gallery
2008 Bistango,Space on Spurgeon,Santa Monica Studios Hangar Gallery,California Art Club Inaugural Exhibition Orange County Chapter,Joseph Wise Gallery
2004-2007 Pollock Fine Art Santa Barbara,Talon Group Scottsdale Arizona,Joseph Wise Gallery
1993-2003 Left Bank Gallery,Admirals Club John Wayne Airport,Ross Watkins Gallery Palm Desert,Gallery Oscar Ketchum Idaho,LA Artseen, Hotel Nikko Beverly Hills,LA Artseen, Le Meridien Beverly Hills,Affair in the Garden Beverly Hills
1997-1999 Art Expo Los Angeles,Art Expo New York,Art 21 Las Vegas
1992-1999 Art-A-Fair Laguna Beach
1994-1997 California Art Club Gold Medal Shows,Scotch Mist Gallery Tucson Arizona
1990-1993 Oil Painters of America Santa Barbara show,Salmagundi Club New York,Parkway Bar & Grill Pasadena, Descanso Gardens, Women Artist of the West Las Vegas,Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains