Echoes…

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“We emerge from an ancient root system of collaboration. We grow strong with communal care and nurturing support. Embrace the single heartbeat of a diverse population. Recognize your face and know that WE are all one beautiful creation, spreading our branches out into the world.”

Born in Oregon, I spent my childhood moving from place to place twelve times before the age of 18, carrying a piece of each place with me along the way. When asked where I am from, I respond, “Everywhere”.

With my husband and three sons at my side, my gypsy spirit eventually made a home under the spectacular skies of Eastern Montana. I credit the vast openness of the prairie along with my solitary lifestyle for the mystical nature of my mixed media art figures.

I have called upon my needlework skills acquired over a lifetime, incorporating my love of nature through the use of found organic objects and adding thoughtfully sought-out beads to create my figures.

My “Guardians” emerge from the invisible world into the visible world, whispering secrets preserved deep within our hearts where ancient memories are stored and shared by all souls. Each of my figures is inspired by the essence of an individual who has crossed my life path…

My figurative art is currently on exhibit at The Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition in Abilene, Texas and The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland.

Juried Exhibits include:

-Lalani Center for the Arts – Festival of the Thread – in Livingston, Montana

-The Ciel Gallery – Back to the Garden – in Charlotte, North Carolina

-The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild’s Biennial Exhibit of Textile Arts – Sacred Environment – in Stone Mountain, Georgia

-The 5th National Juried Fine Art Craft Guild Exhibit in Hilton Head, South Carolina

-The Waterworks Art Museum – Confluence – and – Art Across Montana – Miles City, Montana

In previous years, my hand quilting skill was honored with the 2006 People’s Choice Award and the 1994 Best of Show at the Festival of Quilted Wonders at the Custer County Art and Heritage Center in Miles City, Montana.

I am a Certified Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP) Artist through the Montana Arts Council.