I am an accomplished and enthusiastic crafts person; an avid doll maker, fiber surface designer, screen printer, seamstress, paper crafter (cards, journals and books), oil painter and fan of all things made with license plates and cookie tins. These passions are summarized with the term: Mixed Media.
My creations are the result of many decades of workshops and classroom instruction in classic “old school” traditions such as composition, color theory and brush work. Augmenting these classes in the fundamentals of artistic expression are countless classes in new, ever-evolving techniques, media and approaches. In my early years my mother was a tremendous source of inspiration and thorough lessons in sewing, dyeing, batik, book making, and painting. She instilled in me a deep appreciation for fine craftsmanship and personal expression.
I have taught extensively in the Bay Area on topics such as art quilting and advanced sewing techniques. Also during the California years, I taught Gyotaku, also known as Japanese fish printing. Currently I am teaching diverse classes, such as doll making, book-making, card making, art journaling, journal making, surface design (with an emphasis on screen printing) and silk dyeing.
I have an enthusiasm for teaching and a firm belief in the value of my student’s wishes for varying styles. Students frequently describe me and my workshops as “big fun,” “results I never dared hope for,” “inspiring,” and “a leap to a new avocation.”
I grew up in Blacksburg, Va. and now live in Port Townsend, Washington with my two black Chihuahuas. I have named her house “Art Nest.” Below that sign on the front door is the following warning: “Viewer Discretion Advised.”
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