I was born & raised in the Midwest, with an abiding interest in nature and traditional methods of craftmaking like woodworking and quilting. The idea of mend, re-use and re-make continues to inform my art. I have maintained a fine art studio in Long Beach for 20 years, after graduating cum laude from CSULB, and have maintained an active stance in Long Beach through teaching publicly & privately in schools, Museums, LB Parks & Rec Dept., as well as the Anti-Gang Programs. I now teach in the studio and am a part of the Mid City Studio Tour every other year.
Like poet Pablo Neruda, I have a crazy, crazy love of things. I consider myself a painter, but I use diverse materials, including discarded & found objects, as my palette. My creative process involves chance and spontaneity and is one of experimentation and transformation. Repurposing a material is for me a meditative process, a way of dealing with the chaos of today. I love making something from nothing, and the magic that creates meaninful and precious 'art things' that inspire wonder, curiosity and contemplation while skirting the edge of disarray.