Color and fabric have always been essential elements in my life. My first professional career was as an elementary school teacher. During these 30+ years, I strove to inspire young folks by including many stimulating art projects that incorporated color and design to encourage their own unique artistic expression. In my personal life, I sewed my own clothes, as well as my children's and various pillows, curtains, other fabric projects.
Shortly before retirement, I began to explore a process called “raw edge applique” and soon knew that this technique was one I wanted to pursue. Little did I know that it would become my passion.
One of the first steps in this process is to contemplate if a subject will translate well into a fabric version. So far, my muses have been nature and historic structures. Fortunately, textile mills are making an extraordinary variety of fabrics that resemble wood, skies, water, and even rocks that make my inspirations come to life. The colors, composition and textures continue to intrigue me and I continue to love it. The possibilities seem endless!
I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at the age of six, my family moved to Fort Bragg. After graduating from Fort Bragg High, I went on to attend the University of California, Davis, where I received my teaching credential. On a trip home to visit my parents, I met my husband, a local architect and we have been married for 46 years. We raised our three children in Comptche, Ca and now love to call Mendocino our home.