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Candace is an emerging artist specializing in portraiture and figurative realism. Her work is built on a solid foundation of traditional drawing and painting techniques, combined with contemporary concepts and subject matter.

She comes from a family of artists, and loved making art from an early age, but chose a first career as a research scientist.  During 20 years in biotechnology, she focused on the discovery of new treatments for diabetes and obesity.  Early retirement allowed her to pursue her deep passion for the fine arts, especially drawing and painting. 

This pursuit started at The Watts Atelier of the Arts, an ARC-accredited school in Encinitas, California, where she spent 4 years studying the fundamentals of drawing and painting.  The course of study at Watts emphasized mastery of drawing skills and value control, before the introduction of color and painting from life.  Following Watts, Candace studied landscape art for 2 years with Deborah Paris of the Landscape Atelier.  She has documented 10 years of artistic development on her blog at

Her work is held in many private collections, and she has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions.  Most recently she won the Realism Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America 2018 Juried Salon Show, and was a finalist in the Oil Painters of America 2019 National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils and in the Art Renewal Center 2019 International Juried Salon. She has also finaled in the Portrait Society of America Members-Only Competition and the National Oil Painters of America Small Works Salon, among other honors.

Candace maintains a studio in San Diego, California.  She welcomes inquiries on portrait commissions and can be reached through her website at