The current work is graphite on paper. The flower images are about beauty, mystery and impermanence.
Garcia has been making art since she was first able to hold a crayon. Although her work includes painting, mixed media and printmaking, her real love is drawing. The artist’s mark on the paper and the act of drawing, has a timeless quality connecting us with our humanity.
In the college survey course in Gardner’s Art History in the 70’s the only woman artist that even got a mention was, well, no one. Not even easy choices like Georgia O’Keefe, Mary Cassatt, Louise Nevelson or Frida Kahlo, never mind Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun or Artemisia Gentileschi. Despite the incorrect perception that there were no women artists during previous centuries, but with her family’s approval, Garcia went on to receive a B.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Post graduate work resulted in a Master’s Degree and several California State Teaching Credentials. During college, Garcia studied with Betye Saar, Karen Carson, Don Lagerberg, Leo Robinson, Vic Smith, Gerd Koch and Eileen Cowin.
“These images celebrate the aesthetics of still-life, creating a sense of timeless poise and beauty. But they are also subversive, in their own genteel way. Great meticulous effort has gone into suggesting the appearance of effortlessness, and, in her hands, the art of drawing takes on a painterly grace.” Los Angeles Times
Garcia got involved with Women Painters West as President and also as Events Chair. Events Chair gave her the wonderful and lucky opportunity to contact women artists as guest speakers. Eleanor Antin, Lita Albuquerque, D.J. Hall, Astrid Preston, Carole Caroompas and Peggi Kroll Roberts. Garcia was like a detective, stealthily prying into their successful lives as women artists.
Garcia went on to exhibit with Orlando Gallery: Studio City, Howell Green Gallery: Topanga, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station: Santa Monica, and Aquarius Gallery in Cambria. She was juried and accepted into the ARSG Gallery at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Her work was shown at the Wellness Center in Malibu and in other private collections.