I retired from a long career in nursing to return to what I love: making things. I am happiest when my hands are busy. I have worked in oils, acrylics, printmaking, photography, textiles, and mixed media. I have a BFA in Studio Arts from U.C. Davis with a focus in Photography and Printmaking. I had the great pleasure to study under Harvey Himmelfarb, Roland Peterson, Conrad Atkinson, David Hollowell, and Mike Henderson.
Five years ago my sister taught me how to start a pine needle basket after she learned from her lovely mentor in Chico, California. I haven't looked back. Baskets are now my focus, though I still break away to dabble in other mediums.
I have always been interested in containers and appreciate the usefulness of functional art, particularly made of repurposed or natural objects.
I am inspired by American Indian basket makers across the country. I use local materials whenever possible. My baskets are of the coil type common to the Pomo and other Indians of the North Bay Area and made primarily from pine needles, local grasses, rushes, vines and twigs, and dressed with beads, seeds, feathers, and thread. I use a synthetic sinew to secure the coils.
I hope you enjoy my work.