Living first in Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation, and then in Farmington, New Mexico, in the area known as The Four Corners, opened up the world for me, at least a world new to me. I became interested in art because it was all around, first in Native culture, and then in the vibes of New Mexico. Scenery is spectacular and varied, mountains to deserts. The Southwest seems to breathe Art. It’s in the air.
I have taken art classes at Northern Arizona University, and at San Juan College. I have taken seminars at Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, New Mexico and have participated in workshops given locally by various nationally known artists in numerous disciplines. My studio is one of fourteen studios in one building, so there is a good deal of cross-pollination going on there.
I have served on the board of Northwest New Mexico Arts Council and the Fine Arts Committee of San Juan College. I have received an appointment to the New Mexico Arts Commission.
My art has been juried into shows by the National Collage Society, the National Association of Women Artists, WomanMade Gallery in Chicago, and in exhibits in Tucson, AZ, Durango and Ouray, CO, Farmington, NM, Winchester, VA and The Sienna Art Institute in Sienna, Italy. Several pieces of my work are in the permanent collection of San Juan College.
I am a mixed media artist. I work primarily in collage, but also create art in abstract acrylic painting and photography. Working in abstraction enables me to look closely and see into what is there and not only what appears to be there. I enjoy the free-flow of creating pieces and don’t usually plan a work in advance. I don’t wish to be Pygmalion, controlling what I create. I desire the viewers to bring their own experiences and feelings to my work and to interact with it.
I have a husband, four children and nine grandchildren. Life is good.