Monday, December 29, 2008

From the Beginning

As a child I grew up in a home full of creative and energetic siblings.  My older sisters were my first mentors in drawing and painting.  I was small in stature, not athletic, and I struggled with math, but I always knew I could draw better than any of my elementary school teachers!  Art was something I excelled at, and so I held onto it with a passion and eventually was accepted into Art Center College of Design where I decided that drawing and painting was something I was never going to live without.
I married a wonderful man and soon after we had two beautiful and creative children.  It was through my wish to stay home from work and care for them that I began my mural painting business.  For 19 years I was content painting the chosen subjects and moods of my various clients.  As time passed, I discovered that I longed to express my own ideas through my art; that mural painting no longer satisfied my desire to create.  
Through various workshops, my involvement with the Riverside Art Museum, PAAR, and classes at the Watts Atelier, I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring other aspects of painting, including studio work on canvas, painting "en plein air", and portraiture. I've discovered that development and growth in any one of these venues has a direct effect on the others.  I am always amazed at how, with every painting, educated art discussion, workshop, or class, there is always something to be learned or gained as an artist.  Exploring new possibilities, breaking rules, (discovering months later through my own clumsiness why those rules exist), reaching breakthroughs where some skill has suddenly become attainable to me, and striving to become the artist God intended me to be is a great source of enjoyment and fulfillment for me!


  1. Our family is blessed to have you and we are always so proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work, we love you and look forward to following your blog.

    Shirley and Michael

  2. Very nice Rita, so happy to be able to enjoy more of your work, not only the ones in my home!
    Your work has become more and more lovely, just as you have.