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 Sennelier or M Graham. 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, that I did while doing my Ph.D. 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. Although science always has been the driving force in my life since I was five years old, I often wonder if I should have been a linguist, or an anthropologist, or a historian, or more likely: a writer. I lived in France, Italy, Brazil, 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. Eventually, I started to work for the government where I really enjoy focused research.
Believing I would die from an illness, I started writing a memoir and short stories. Writing has always been present in my life, from scientific publications to graphic novels, since I have always been involved with ink and paper. During the process of illustrating my stories, I started painting watercolors in 2012, and I recovered enough to go back to work as a physicist. However, my life changed and my skills-set grew. 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! My work has been shown in the media and my paintings can be found in collections and exhibits around the world. I achieved signature membership for New Mexico Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Society, and North East Watercolor Society; I'm also member of International Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society.
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, determination, and a bit of obsession. Physicists and artists share the vision of things that are yet to happen. I'm also an author of ~ 90 scientific articles in international indexed peer-reviewed journals in physics, chemistry and engineering, and short stories. I'm currently publishing a "Survival Manual" (for students, to be released in Jan24), a children's book with the author Yvonne Blake, and an optics book for painters.
I enjoy life as it comes: writing fiction, doing high impact sports, traveling, and learning something new from flying to tap-dance, including carving.
It is never too early, it is never too late: everything happens when they should. But time is a thief, start painting today, right now.
I live with my husband, children, cats, and plants, in New Mexico.
I hope you will enjoy my art.