All about me...
"Painting for me is an unabridged experience of surrendering to the beauty of the universe that translates the manifestation of the Divine Presence."
I'm a self-taught artist who learned from books and Youtube videos. I use a limited palette of 5 or 6 colors. For paint, I like Holbein, Sennelier or M Graham, and recently White Nights. For paper I mostly use Arches; other papers that I use eventually are Lanaquarelle and Saunders. I'm not particularly picky about brushes; however, I own a variety of synthetic rounds and flats. I like to find new ways to deposit paint on the paper and create new textures, using other tools than a brush.
I hold B.Sc. in Physics, M.Sc. in Astrophysics, and Ph.D. in Physics. I also have a B.A. in Literature. I currently speak several languages and I believe I can only truly understand another culture when I'm able to communicate using their own language. I lived in France, Italy and Japan, in order to advance my career in physics. When I finally settled down in USA, I had professor of physics position at Tuskegee University and, later on, at San Jose State Univ.
Believing I would die because of an illness, I wrote a memoir, finished some short stories and wrote a few children's books. During the process of illustrating my stories, I started painting watercolors in 2014. Somehow painting took its own path and, before I noticed, I was showing my work in events, galleries, and competitions. In 2016, I started to paint professionally, when I was invited to join a gallery. Everything happened super fast, and I found myself invited to a festival in France in 2019 to where I showed 20 paintings and taught a workshop. I have received an invitation to teach a workshop in Morocco 2021 (TBA in the future). My work has been shown in the media and my paintings can be found in collections around the world.
I managed my illness dutifully and I went back to work as a physicist. As I continue to develop as a painter, I also grow as a physicist. I see no separation or opposition since both research and painting require creativity and determination. I'm also an author of over 80 scientific articles in international indexed peer-reviewed journals in physics, chemistry and engineering.
I live in New Mexico, USA, with my husband, children, cats and plants. I'm very blessed to live in borrowed time.
Feel free to contact me. I hope you will enjoy my art.