I was born with the gift of joy…welcomed into this world by the face of this beautiful woman…her twinkling eyes and that amazing smile. This is the face of my beloved mother. The bells on my Guardians represent my mother’s playful spirit… reminding us to listen to the whispers of our hearts.
Overflowing with gratitude for my mother and so many other souls that have crossed my life path, I often ponder my unearned blessings. How can I carry so much joy in my heart when there is an overabundance of suffering in this world?
PERHAPS the gift of joy that was bestowed on me at birth is my gift to share… PERHAPS I have been assigned the blessed task of echoing joy into our world…PERHAPS my gift of joy can be a gift to a world of troubled hearts…I hope it is so….
My Guardian journey began in 2013, when I received a phone call with the news of my mother’s stroke. During the week that followed, my perception of reality would change forever, as I experienced my mother’s ability to engage with me through another world unseen by the naked eye. With her final breath, she firmly planted herself into my heart, releasing an overwhelming sense of unconditional love.
Through my figurative art, I strive to share the bond that exists between all souls, acknowledging that the essence of who we are extends well beyond our physical presence. Each Guardian is an encounter with the heart of an individual who has crossed my life path.
1 + 1 = 1 Gallery – 5th Annual Holiday Gift Show – Helena, MT
1 + 1 = 1 Gallery – 2018 Small Works Show – Helena, MT
Juried Exhibits include:
-The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center – Folksy: cultural traditions and outside visions – Solomons, Maryland
-The Contemporary Art Exchange – Menagerie: wild and wonderful – Washington, NC
-Foothills Art Center – Amuse Yeux Exhibition 2018 – Golden, Colorado
-The Hopkins Center for the Arts – 23rd Arts in Harmony 2018 Annual International Show – Hopkins, Minnesota
-The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center – Kindred: Celebrating our Ancestors – Solomons, Maryland
-The Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition – Abilene, Texas
-Lalani Center for the Arts – Festival of the Thread – Livingston, Montana
-The Ciel Gallery – Back to the Garden – Charlotte, North Carolina
-The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild’s Biennial Exhibit of Textile Arts – Sacred Environment – Stone Mountain, Georgia
-The 5th National Juried Fine Art Craft Guild Exhibit – Hilton Head, South Carolina
-The Waterworks Art Museum – Confluence and Art Across Montana – Miles City, Montana
– Montana Woman Magazine – Jan/Feb 2020 – “Guardian of Intention”
– Distinctly Montana Magazine – Spring Issue 2018 – “A Patchwork of Fiber Artists”
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.