BIO I am a native of California. A graduate of the University of California and have traveled the world in my career in International trade. Much of my work builds on my love of folk art that dominates art in the countries of Russia, South America, eastern Europe and China. The vibrant colors and emotional motifs that characterize the development of art in these countries strongly influence my art. I have a versatile palette and enjoy painting in both oil and oil pastel. Statement "This is an example of the simplicity and color of Russian folk art. Children around the world have always loved the Matryoska doll."