Sylvia wanted to be an artist very early in her life, before she was 12. She remembers, "That year I had hoped to get a book on art for Christmas. I was so excited. The treasured gift turned out to be a dictionary and so my life was focused on academics. Fortunately my family had a fondness for the great outdoors and because of this we traveled and camped every summer both at Pacific beaches and all over the state, national parks and in the then 'wild' west. I loved this family time, these adventures. My inspiration grew for the beautiful landscape and physical world around me."
She was a natural fit for studying Ornamental Horticulture, Floriculture and Landscape design. After finishing school Sylvia worked in the nursery business, did landscape design, and eventually owned her own small garden center, Sunshine Plant shop. She moved to Seattle, continued her career in horticulture, got married, had a child, and gardened for herself and others.
She had wanted to paint for 30 years, so one day she decided to start. She purchased 4 tubes of color: blue, red, yellow, and white and started painting. She took a few courses locally at the Bainbridge Island Department of Parks and Recreation from Eileen Nelson, then studied under the Cape Cod School of Art led by Lois Griffel, a school was founded by Henry Hensche who passed on the techniques and philosophy of Monet and Charles Hawthorn. She studied and received a Certificate of Art from Olympic College. She has been fortunate to have studied with other outstanding artists; Ned Mueller, Jane Wallis, Guido Frick, Ovanes Berberian, Susan Sarback, Camellie Przewodek, and Bill McEnroe. Sylvia says, "It is the miles on my brushes, which has been my greatest teacher and birthed my own particular style." Come and see her new exhibition of her Magical Moments.