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I have had an art practice for over 40 years. My love for making art pieces started in high school, and through my travels around the country, over a few relocations and decades, I maintained a space in my life for making things- tinkering and making art. I came to Portland, Oregon to visit a friend, and within a short time, I made it my home. 

My artwork is influenced by the landscape, people, politics, and spirituality. I use my artwork to process events and situations happening around me. My studio is my refuge. It is a place of purpose, my think tank and processing center. Like a writer, I use my art to tell a story. Every image I make has a story behind it. I hope to make pieces that allow the viewer to create their own stories. I hope to bring a sense of wonder and beauty to people. 


Arts Organizations

Oregon Potters Association 1989 to present 

Oregon Art Educators Association Statewide award-Best Elementary Art Teacher 2015

OPA President 2010, Ceramic Showcase Chair 2011/12,

National Art Educators Association 2005 years to Present

Oregon Art Educators Association  2010 years  to Present 

Woman's Caucus for Art 1978

Contemporary Crafts Museum, Portland Or. 

 Ceramic Arts Artist-in-Residence, 1989-90



SUNY at Farmingdale,  Associate of Arts in Graphic Art and Design

Pacific Northwest College of Art BFA, Ceramics and Sculpture

Lewis and Clark College Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Business Administration

Lesley University MEd in Creative Arts Integration

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