I am in awe of the Bay Area figurative movement and never knew about it until moving to Santa Cruz just two short years ago, once here I joined the Santa Cruz Art League to meet people and to nurture a nearly forgotten creative side. I identified first as a mad scientist discovering all that can be accomplished with acrylic paint. This playful experimenting has giving me back JOY and a child- like sense of discovery using varied layers, textures, drips and playful mark making. I am currently inspired by everything Santa Cruz especially its beaches and the people who enjoy them. As the artist emerging I paint with a semi-abstract style to capture essence and mood.