I have no formal training in art, being raised in the farm country of Illinois. In my forties, I took a local art class in pottery, and so began my new life as an artist. I spent 6 years participating in the art show circuit as a potter, 5 years as a Fine Craft Gallery owner, and three years as the art director for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.
In 2006 I made a medium switch to metal. I attended private classes at the Glen Parr School of Metal Arts in Atlanta, Georgia for 2 months, and in 2007 I jumped right in to the show circuit again. Hand forging jewelry as opposed to throwing clay was quit a learning process.
I continue my journey in trying new designs and ideas. I believe that my work should be constantly evolving. I am adding various metals to my designs, mixing copper, gold, and sterling.
In the past few years I have sat on the jury for five local shows and have been able to learn a great deal about the process. I continue to be involved with local fine craft shows, serving on the committee for two of them.