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I don't remember a time when I didn't have a paintbrush, a knitting needle, a camera or a wad of macramé twine in my hand. My first actual works of art were a set of four oil paintings inspired by"The Catand a Fiddle" . I was ten. Sewing became a passion and I began making my own clothes when I was not much older. Never content with convention, I improvised my patterns and added unlikely embellishments and unlikely color combinations. I never considered a skirt just a skirt….that was just the beginning. Embroidery, beads, a little paint….now it was a skirt.
But life happens when you are making other plans and what I thought was to be a career in art didn't happen for some time. Right out of high school and head first into marriage and motherhood, I took a fall-back position in the medical field and worked for the next 20 years in healthcare administration and patient financial services in California and Washington State. Even as a struggling single mother, my busy fingers andthe right side of my brain never slowed down. During those years I continued painting, quilting, sewing, jewelry making and cake decorating. Never formally taught, I just figured out how to do it. I found my only limitations were those placed on myself.
In 1986 I heeded the advice and encouragement of the man who later became my husband, himself a successful artist, left my job as the business office manager of a chemical dependency hospital and developed a line of "wearable art." I applied to a weekly art and craft show in Santa Barbara, California known simply as the "Beach Show". I was accepted and showed my work every Sunday for the next 8 years. Eventually my line, which combined original design, appliqué, beading, painting and matching jewelry, was shown at many other Arts and Crafts Festivalsin California and sold to boutiques and resorts. I expanded my line to include abstract textile collages at that time.
But again, life happened and a move to Arizona and a return to healthcare put my art career on hold when I began working forMayo Clinic Arizona as a Revenue Analyst in 1998. Meanwhile, I fell neck deep into the phenomenonof Scrapbooking and collaging, learned papermaking and continued making jewelry. But my spirit was compromised and my passion waned. So I took up my art again while juggling a full time career.
By 2014 when I retired from Mayo Clinic my work had evolved from themed collages utilizing my original paintings, scrap paper and found objects, to a style I referred to as “Southwestern Pop Art” to what it looks like today. Recently I have found my passion again. This is born out of a new spiritualism and the recognition of a greater power within me. As a result came a collection of abstract expressionism featuring the use of multi-layer color and texture incorporating the warmth and light from gold leafing effects.