The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach helped me with a scholarship to Principia College. My Art professor in college was James Green who studied with the California Regionalists in the 40s. I've learned how to market my artwork. I love the freedom of diversity.
I was in Barnes and Noble one day and found a book about Alphonse Mucha. I didn't know much about this artist before finding and reading the book. Although I did take art appreciation and art history classes in college, I was far more interested in my own self discovery than I was in other artists. I think a lot of us artists are self absorbed. But anyway, I am impressed by his sense of design and line work. I also love the way he portrays women. Alphones's women are classy women though feminine as well. I decided to allow myself to experiment with a little of his flavor in my painting, "She Walks The Vineyard". I appreciate the fact that Alphonse Mucha was able to navigate both the field of fine art as well as commercial art. I do the same. I enjoy both arenas and I choose to work in both. "She Walks the Vineyard" could also be titled, "She Walks". I painted this painting shortly after leaving a relationship that was no longer healthy for me. I've had people tell me that they feel a sense of "coming to a crossroad" in this painting.