Originally from the island of Molokai, Hawaii. Growing up on a pineapple plantation, you learn how to make the most of what you have. You can be very creative when you don’t have much. As long as I can remember, I loved art. It was my way of being with animals that I love but were not available to me. My favorite classes were drawing, painting and ceramics. I also loved music. I played the piano, guitar and ukulele by ear. Singing with friends and family at the end of the day, was a common thing.
Then life took over and I was steered away from the arts and into Computer Science. I stopped doing art and eventually music, until I retired from my corporate life. I finally had time to do whatever I want.
In 2017, I took a few art classes from Michelle Daniel, former president of SVAA, who taught at the Simi Valley Senior Center. She refreshed my memory of skills I learned in my childhood and enlightened me with basic perspectives, techniques and color pallets. She opened the door to abilities I didn’t realize I had. The last time I painted was in high school. I am rediscovering myself and enjoying different mediums. Acrylic was my first, then Watercolor and Pastels. My most recent adventure is Photography. I create wall art on metal and cards with my photos and share my poetry on my cards as well. I bounce from one to the other depending on my mood. There’s never enough time in the day, but it keeps me happily busy.
I am enjoying the art community and have been involved with the Simi Valley Art Association (SVAA), as Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Coordinator. I also help to support the efforts of my husband, Tom Evans, the current President of this wonderful organization.
It is so rewarding to be able to create something that captures my vision of the world, of nature and people. It's a part of me that will live on, long after I’m gone. My mark in this world…so to speak.