My art is one of disclosure, using life events as inspiration for works involving paint, photography, collage, needlework, sculpture and installation. Early on I was surrounded by women who spent much of their time doing needlework and working in their gardens. Much later I realized those practices and traditions inform my artistic expression.

I earned a BA and MFA from Southern Illinois University. The masters is in fiber with a minor in painting. The fascination with textiles became an intellectual journey. When I began using photography a few years ago, yet another transformation took place. The process of what remains and what is lost; the quest to reconcile with death and decay is instinctive and present. However, I require that this subject doesn't become the overwhelming focus but a fragile, graceful element. I insist on the element of beauty exist. If it seems mysterious, it would be only to the viewer. Every bit of it makes perfect sense.

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