Portland is my hometown. I am the second child born to a Canadian farm girl extraordinaire and a local fella from Gresham who studied at the Portland Art Museum School and who ended up working a day job in insurance and safety because he was unsure of how the art world worked. As all families are; mine was talented too. I was given an unending supply of paper, time and encouragement as dad worked in the paper mill during the summers and would bring home rolls of end trimmings that would normally have gone to the dump. It worked out well because we all loved to draw. I especially loved creating characters who inhabited treehouses, dugouts, hot air balloons and floating homes where everyone had there own swinging bed—of course! Jump ahead fifty-some years and here I am, still enjoying the happy surprise when a being emerges from the end of my pencil with a mane of hair calling out to be colored blue and finding a correlation to the color of sky and how ‘loves’ can be paired and expressed. My characters find their way into ordinary or peculiar moments and a little narrative goes, bing! that I like to think captures a deep regard and waggish appreciation for life.
I received a BFA in Textiles from the University of Oregon in 1984. I have since enjoyed thirty-five years of creating textiles, sculptures and fine art illustrations for exhibitions, commissions and children’s books. My work has been shown and collected throughout the United States, Japan, Korea and Europe.