I won first place in a county-wide school art contest at age 7 and realized art was an honored endeavor. I received a write-up in the Press-Enterprise along with a $25 check, which seemed like a million bucks at the time. Due to this early exposure of the arts in education, and its impact on me as a shy kid, I value what art can do in bolstering young people's lives. Art has the power to change perceptions, enrich society and create unity as a universal language across multi-cultures with its varied aesthetics. 

​As a child I poured over classical comic books, and then Dr Seuss, Rockwell, Erté, John Singer Sargent & Toulouse Lautrec, which then led me to Artemisia Gentileschi, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Kathe Kollwitz, then to  Edmonia Lewis, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe, Eva Hess, Bridget Riley, Kara Walker, Jenny Saville, Ruth Asawa & Yayoi Kusama to name a few. 

In my teens I studied with renowned NY portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, the late Millard Sheets and Leslie B  DeMille. Invaluable experiences that connected me to revered artists, learning their techniques and exposing me to both encouragement and constructive criticism. 

I developed my art practice studying at respected institutions including Scripps College, Claremont and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. My  MFA in painting and drawing is from Claremont Graduate University, CA.

Along with working in my studio I have  taught art at local colleges and universities for the past decade. My artwork is in many public and private collections. 

I am a member of the Los Angeles Arts Association, Portrait Society of America, National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Riverside Art Museum, CA. 

I live & work in Riverside & Los Angeles, CA.

to view art from my earlier years go to: carongrand.com