Visual Arts: Illustration, Other; Mixed Media Glass Artist
Artists and craftsmen of every kind run in my family, so I grew up surrounded by creativity. Naturally, my parents weren't surprised when I began drawing at an early age. After graduating from high school, my father encouraged me to study Illustration in college. And, thankfully, my husband of nearly 30 years has cheered my artistic journey along every step of the way.
Growing up on the California Central Coast near some of the most beautiful beaches, mountains, and countryside in the world, my artistic senses were nurtured. This region is rich in nature, marine life, and wildlife so I would often get lost in thought watching the way light played on the sea, plants cast shadows, and how wildlife appeared and then seemingly disappeared into the environment. My family also includes several musicians, which was highly influential on my creative expression. Frequent references to music genres and instruments manifest in my work.
One day, on an unplanned visit to an art glass supply shop in Ventura, CA, I was intrigued and signed up for a stained glass class. It was instantly apparent that I was in my element, and my glass art journey began. Now in my second decade as a working glass artist, I have developed technical knowledge of glass as a medium, finely honed mechanical skills to shape its form/appearance, and infused creative elements to convey storytelling with it.