Pieces of H.O.P.E.
Q: How did you start your painting career in Redlands?
A: I had no idea what I was doing when I started painting murals and furniture for family and friends about 25 years ago. I just knew that it would be fun and that I could figure out how to do it. I had a booth downtown at Market Night, where I met some of my first actual clients. My business grew from there completely by word-of-mouth.
Q: What are your greatest sources of inspiration for your artwork?
A: That’s a tough question because inspiration is everywhere! Nature, in general, is the most obvious source of inspiration for my art, but not just birds, trees and flowers. Many of the finishes I do are inspired by marble, stone and wood grain. Since I do a lot of specialty wall finishes I love interesting textures or different metal patinas, or even a faded paint color from a dusty old work truck!
Q: How does your work impact the Redlands/local community?
A: I have a lot of positive feedback whenever I paint something inspired by Redlands citrus, palm trees or the local mountains. I think people enjoy seeing different artists’ interpretations of Redlands scenery because it represents home and community.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of having a career that is also your passion?
A: I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to help people achieve a vision they might have for their home or workplace. It’s very rewarding to create something that my clients get really excited about.
Q: How do the arts influence your well-being and growth as an individual?
A: Art fulfills a need I have for creativity. I’m always enthusiastic to try new techniques, new products, new forms of art. It keeps me excited and keeps me growing. The more I learn and experience, the more confidence I gain.