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. 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.
Believing I would die from a "terminal" illness, I started writing a memoir and short stories. Writing has always been present in my life, from scientific publications to graphic novels, 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 (using my full last name) of scientific articles in international indexed peer-reviewed journals in physics, chemistry and engineering, and short stories. I'm currently publishing a "Survival Manual" (for graduate students in physics), a children's book with the author Yvonne Blake, and a physics 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.
I hope you will enjoy my art.