Beads, thread and fabric occupy my head and hands every day. Whimsy, color and the natural world inspire my work. Mixing beads, shells, stones, and found objects - man made and natural - I create jewelry, sculptures and dolls. All are hand sewn one bead at a time. Ultra suede backing is applied with a beaded edge. The smaller the bead the better. I have fun creating, so when people see my work, I hope it makes them smile. Recently I have returned to my first creative endeavor, embroidery, embellished with beads and trinkets. I spend my time creating, traveling, gardening and living an artful life.
I was raised as an army brat, moving frequently on the east coast and in France. My passion has been fiber ever since my grandmother taught me to embroider and to crochet rag rugs when I was five.
My husband and I raised our two daughters in Riverton, Wyoming on the Wind River Reservation. I was active in the art and fiber community creating, volunteering and participating in craft fairs around the Rockies. My main focus was weaving and quilting.
Port Townsend, Washington has been our forever home since 2004. I discovered beads and bead embroidery here and they have taken over my life!
I volunteer at Northwind Art Center as a docent and am on the Installation Committee. My beaded pieces were juried into the NAC Artist Showcase for 2016. Other pieces have been juried into numerous shows at NAC over the years. Some have received Merit and People’s Choice awards. I have been juried into two shows at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, Washington. I am an active member of the Surface Design Association and have shown in SDA shows around the Olympic Peninsula.
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