How Exultation Arts Came to be …
I am self-taught – or rather, a good friend taught me on glorious afternoons at her home and mine. Thus, my art is the result of many years’ experimentation, my lifetime’s dabbling in various mediums, a passionate love affair with chiyogami (better known as washi paper), and a wonderful friend who shared her knowledge freely.
Thank you, Susan Hyde.
I did study art in high school and had intended to make it my college major. Sadly, I had an unfortunate experience with my advanced art class teacher in high school; the experience was so devastating that I packed up my art materials at the end of that class and did not open them up again for over 20 years.
They waited for me while I made practical career decisions, telling myself that I would not have made a good starving artist. I started in banking, spent several years as a paralegal, had a short stint in Human Resources, and worked for several years in the high-tech sector.
Art beckoned throughout my life – the more linear my pursuits (as in computer programming), the more the craving for artistic outlets. The practical pursuits simply did not satisfy.
In 2005, I attended a brown-bag lunch “Job Search” series that ended up being a step into finding the work that one is born to do. This was a pivotal point for me, and I began experimenting with Chiyogami.
That experimentation led to many hours in my studio, the purchase of a pop-up canopy and propanels, applications to many art festivals and open studio events and an entirely new existence.
In 2009, I began selling my art through local and Bay Area fairs and festivals. I have now shown and sold my work in cafes in San Francisco and Santa Rosa; through Skeeters Gift Shop and Traditions gift shop in Santa Rosa; the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, where I received the Coordinator’s Award at the 2011 Collage/Assemblage show; Art at the Source Open Studios in Santa Rosa/Sebastopol; and art and wine festivals in Walnut Creek, San Anselmo, Danville, Palo Alto, San Carlos, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Napa, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.
In 2010, I formed my business Exultation Arts.
In 2012 I left my high-tech career to move more deeply into my artistic pursuits.
Life is good!