About the Work

Through the use of color, transparency, and layering, my goal is to create lyrical and magical representations of the natural world, whether the subject is a humble group of leaves or a majestic mountain range
In painting everyday elements of the natural world, whether observed in my urban neighborhood or the wilderness, I work to capture their mystery, variation, and whimsicality.

In the natural world I see endless contradictions within the same landscape: light/ dark; arid/wet; living/dying. I am compelled to examine this harmonious paradox in my work. I am transfixed by the complex tapestry of nature and its constant flux.

I work primarily with watercolor paints, watercolor pencils and charcoal on 260-300# cold press Arches watercolor paper.

Selected Shows and Exhibits

Public Art Installation (Alameda County Arts Commission) Castro Valley, CA, utility box art, 6 locations   (2019 – 2022)

Public Art Installation (Alameda County Arts Commission), Cherryland Community Center, Cherryland, CA (coming 2020)

Firehouse Arts Center, Center Hallway Gallery (Solo), Nov. – Dec. 2019, Pleasanton,CA

Moraga Art Gallery, Moraga, CA, Featured guest Artist, 2018 and 2014

Yosemite Renaissance 33 (Feb-May 2018), Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery, Int’l Juried Competition

Arc Gallery, SNAP Exhibit (Jan 2018), Juried Show, SF, CA

Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center (May-June 2017), Juried Competition (Merit Award), Pleasanton, CA

Coos Art Museum, Expressions West 2017 Juried Competition (April – June 2017), Coos Bay, Oregon

Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, 31st Annual Int’l Juried Competition, Tallahasse, Fl (August – Oct. 2016)

San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, Bay Area Invitational Exhibition (juried) April 5- May 7, 2016 (Juror’s Pick)

Chico Art Center, Chico, CA. National All  Media Juried Exhibition  (July – Aug. 2015)

Collector gallery, Berkeley, CA (Feb-April 2015)

Dab Art 2014 International Juried Exhibition, HUD Gallery, Ventura, CA (Nov. 15 – Dec. 22, 2014)

Light Space & Time Online Gallery Juried Show on Nature (Special Merit award) (Oct. 2014)

California Water Color Association 44th National Exhibition (2013),
Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA

Collector gallery, Berkeley, CA  (2013)

Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, Ca (2012)

The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Community Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA (2012)

Gallery 411/Classic Cars West (2011)  Oakland Art Murmur, Oakland, Ca

Permanent Collections

Stanford Medical Center, Stanford, CA

Pacifica Family Maternity Center, Berkeley CA

Watercolor Workshop Instructor, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA


Represented by:

SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

About the Artist

Born in New York City, I was raised in Berkeley, California. Over the years, I studied art at the University of California, Berkeley, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland, California.  I have spent most of my career as a public interest lawyer but returned primarily to my original passions of drawing and painting in 2010.

Featured Artist Interview (2019)

Artist Spotlight: Karen Kramer, Watercolorist

Featured Artist Interview  (2015)

Visit my Studio

Studios Eleven

560 2nd Street, Oakland, CA (near Jack London Square).

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