Despite a passionate dislike of home economics sewing classes, I returned to the thrum of a sewing machine in my middle age.  It seemed the only way to create the line, color, texture and shadow to express ideas about how life evolves in physically, mentally and spiritually.  I have listened a million times to the “kerchunk” of the needle drop, using up thousands of yards of sewing thread, building compositions stitch by stitch.  Occasionally I change up the routine and use other materials, but the zen meditation of free motion embroidery keeps bringing me back to the sewing machine.

This was not what I planned upon graduation with an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago a smidge over the age of 50.  I hoped to make profound statements in audacious ways.  The verdant beauty of the Northwest settled me into a quieter life on Camano Island, Washington.  Each day I am grateful to be alive in this beautiful place to create art I hope will awake an emotional connection with those who see it. 

My formal training includes a M.F.A. (2002) and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (2000) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  I have shown work in the United States, Europe and Japan, including work in exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA, and the Museum for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.


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