Camille attended the University of Hawaii where she earned a B.A. and M.A. While in graduate school she started studying Chinese brush painting under Master Lam Oi Char, who continues to influence her paintings today in using the Asian aesthetic in composition as well as brushwork.
Camille spent three years in Gallup, New Mexico teaching high school language arts to Navajo, Hopi and Zuni students. There, she painted landscapes of the area in the Chinese landscape painting style. A gnarled, old, Pinyon pine is perfectly suited for brushwork in ink on rice paper. After New Mexico, Camille came to the S.F. Bay area where she taught remedial English to adults. While teaching she began taking classes in watercolor from Marianne Brown, a master teacher of design and technique. Eventually her inner pull to paint made her leave teaching and devote her time to creating art.
Camille currently paints in watercolor, acrylic and oil. For the most part she describes herself as a contemporary realist as she explores ways to create the illusion of reality on a two dimensional surface. Her subject matter is not restricted to any one area; she paints wildlife, floral, figures, landscape and still life as the inspiration occurs. Her paintings, though varied in subject matter, usually reflect an interest in repetitive patterns whether natural as in the spots on a cheetah or manufactured, as in the decorations on a Zuni pot.
Camille returned to Taos, New Mexico to attend The Intensive Studies Seminar with five master teachers. Her mentor, Catherine Chang Liu, encouraged her to continue to paint as she does now, create works in series, and exhibit her work to share her vision.
Camille has participated in competitions across the U.S. including Catherine Lorillard Wolff juried exhibition in New York City, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition in San Diego and The Grand Exhibition in Akron, Ohio winning numerous awards including Best of Show, First Place, the Winsor & Newton Award and the Grumbacher Award.
She earned signature membership in the California Watercolor Association and San Diego Watercolor Society. Camille’s paintings are in corporate and personal collections from the United Kingdom to Japan as well as across the U.S. Recent exhibitions include Walt Wines in Sonoma, Klein Gallery in Lafayette and Thomas Bartlett at Napa’s Riverwalk.