Souza is originally from the Bay Area where she worked in finance and marketing. Looking to escape the hubbub, she settled first in Arnold and then moved to Sutter Creek in 1996. After training as a restorative nurse, she helped victims of strokes and other afflictions to recover. When she retired from her second career she decided to try painting the flowers her husband regularly bought for her. These were rendered in watercolor and acrylic and helped establish her impressionistic style. Souza was encouraged to continue painting after winning Amateur Best of Show for one of her florals at the county fair.
The mostly self-taught artist turned eventually to landscapes, inspired by time spent in the Sierras. Most of her artwork depicts the mountains, trees and lakes in the area. As a member of Arts of Bear Valley, she has exhibited at the Bear Valley Arts and Music Festival and Big Trees Art Show. At the latter, she recently sold out all of her big tree creations. Souza is also a member of the Amador County Artists Association and joined the Sutter Creek Gallery two years ago.
In addition to her original paintings, she will show prints, some of which are enhanced, along with small gift boxes, and other items. Souza is one of the many local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers numerous affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, as well as gourd, glass and fiber arts. Framing and layaway services are also available.
The gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email email@example.com