I was born and raised in the City of Roses, Portland, Oregon. I attended Lewis and Clark College for a short time, majoring in secretarial science. At an early age my greatest wish was to be an artist; however, I did not want to be a "starving artist" - and knew for practical reasons I might have to work in an office to put bread on the table. While a student I was employed part time in a department store and branch library. I scrupulously saved my pennies and finally decided to venture forth and sign up for art training at Art Center School in Los Angeles. Alas, my expenses in art supplies and tuition used up the meager savings quickly and it became necessary to work as a secretary.
Then Gene Chin came into my life, proposed marriage, and we settled in Los Angeles for a few years. Mr Chin, now a CPS, was offered an auditor position in Yokosuka, Japan, as Navy civilian, and later joined U.S.Agency for International Development in more overseas assignments, including Thailand, Philippines, Egypt, Yemen, and Egypt again. During this time, I worked temporarily as secretary for various U.S. agencies and private companies, and finally USAID hired me on a permanent basis as an Executive Assistant. Gene and I were then assigned as a "tandem" couple. We both retired in 1991.
Gene passed away recently and now I am devoting all my time and energy to art related activities such as art shows, plein air paint-outs, club memberships (California Art Club, Pasadena Society of Artists, Glendale Art Assn., Verdugo Hills Art Assn., and Silverlake Art Collective), etc.
I thoroughly enjoy working with oil paints as well as watercolors . Favorite subjects are portraits, still life, landscapes, and flowers. Many of the still life paintings are of items we collected from our overseas travel - portraits are of interesting faces of friends and models, and the landscapes are places I am familiar with in Oregon and So. California.
Art is a very important part of my activities now. The other part is a little dog I adopted from the animal shelter in January 2014. Little Sasha has been a real joy and a furry bundle of energy and mischief.
I am a 79-year old Chinese American lady, born in October (astrological sign Libra), and my goal is to be recognized as a serious artist, and hopefully to be represented by a reputable gallery. Of course to reach this goal, I must produce the best work I know how and to always continue to learn. I am attending a class on photoshop, and signed up for a landscape/plein air workshop next week with artist Jim Wilcox from Wyoming.
My experience in exhibitions is mainly with club activities . I have also participated in numerous art fairs (for instance Affaire in the Garden, Beverly Hills,) and art walks from 1993 to 2008.
1959 - Art Center School (one year) 1991 - Art Center School of Design, Pasadena - evening courses in portrait painting, portrait drawing, 1992 to 1994- Otis Art School - evening courses in watercolor, childrens book illustration
1998 - December Rose for Creative Seniors (2nd place Verdugo Hills - Hon Mention, animal painting 1997 - Glendale Art Assn. lst place, portrait, 2nd place still life, 3rd place landscape, hon. mention still life Verdugo Hils Art Assn - 2nd place overall San Gabriel Fine Art Assn - lst place landscape Decorative Artist's Workbook Holiday Card Contest December Rose for Creative Seniors - Hon. Mention - landscape, Hon. Mention - genre