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The human form is an essential element of Candace’s art.  She believes that in a portrait of one person, we see all people, including ourselves.  She prefers to portray her subjects alone, in the absence of social interactions.  This is when she finds them most authentic and timeless, qualities she tries to infuse into all her images. 

Her work is built on traditional drawing and painting skills acquired during 4 years of study at the Watts Atelier of the Arts in San Diego (2009-2013).  She also studied color usage in 2015 with Lea Colie Wight (Studio Incamminati) during a year-long mentorship through the Portrait Society of America. And in 2016 and 2017, she continued formal studies with Deborah Paris of the Landscape Atelier.  Her artistic development during the past 9 years is documented on her blog at

Her work is held in many private collections, and she has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions.  She received the 4th Merit Award at the Portrait Society of America’s 2015 Members competition.  She was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salons in 2014 and 2015, and won the Realism Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America 2018 Juried Salon Show. 

Candace maintains a studio in San Diego, California.