I describe myself as a “self-taught artist” only because it sounds better then “art dabbler”. I had always enjoyed sewing, embroidery and needlepoint so I just naturally gravitated to fiber art. The gentle arts can actually be very expensive so I started to create my own designs. I eventually developed a technique which I call Straight Stitch Painting. Essentially it is a large embroidery using fabric strips instead of thread or yarn. Many of my pieces are a combination of this technique and applique or other forms of needlework. In the last few years I have tried acrylic painting, alcohol ink, weaving, beading, coiled vessels,and crochet. No matter what medium I use, color and texture are paramount to a successful piece.
I was born and raised right here in River City. My parents were librarians and art collectors. From Walnut Hills High School I attended Ashland College and earned a BA in history. Most of my working years were spent in the field of retail inventory shortage control. I have been married to Mike for 30 plus years. Our son Mark is a graduate student and scientist.