A native of Washington state, I've lived in California since arriving here as a bride in 1974. My husband, two sons and I moved to the desert over 20 years ago and, although I grew up surrounded by water and green, I've grown to love the more subtle beauty of this dry climate.
I made my first quilt in 1972 in my dorm room--no, I wasn't an art major. I majored in music but brought my sewing machine to college with me. Making flat things turned out to be a lot easier and more fun than figuring out how to alter clothing patterns to make them fit!
After many years of working with fabric and thread, I rediscovered the fun of playing with all kinds of other materials, from messy paints and glues to beautiful papers and shiny metals, to plastic grocery bags and rusty bottle caps. I mix it all together, treat it with care, and end up with one-of-a-kind art for your wall, your coffee table, or to accessorize your wardrobe. These days, if it isn't fun, I don't want to do it! While I'm serious about my work, my work isn't serious.
When I'm not making art or music, I hang out at Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations in Palm Desert, California. I do lots of things for Monica--teach quilt making and a bit of mixed media, maintain her website, produce the weekly email newsletter and the quarterly printed newsletter and, once in awhile you'll find me on the shop floor or working in her booth at a quilt show.
Our sons are grown men now and have their own lives--which makes the time we spend with them even more precious. Barry and I are still married, still best friends, still disagree about almost everything except what movie to see--and wouldn't change a thing!