A Very Selective Biography

Despite being raised in Boulder Colorado in the midst of the Sixties, I had a normal childhood. My parents did not repress my creative instincts, so I did not seek an artistic education. Instead, I earned a BA in history from the University of Colorado in 1986 and a JD from the University of Oregon in 1989. I practiced law in Oregon and Idaho between 1989 and 1996.

In 1994 I did what most young lawyers do — I married another lawyer. Stephen is sweet, occasionally grumpy, handsome — a collector of books and arcane knowledge. Together we decorated our home in books.

In 1997 we moved to Colorado and I left the working world to raise our first daughter. I was a workaholic at loose ends. Sweet, cuddly and bright-eyed though she was, our first child was no substitute for a real job. So I went to work on our home. I gardened; I remodeled; I plumbed; I rewired. When we moved to Salem, Oregon, our three-year-old  was convinced I had built our new home.

Soon home improvement wasn’t enough. My interest in the creative arts blossomed and I began to quilt. After fooling around with traditional patterns, I began making medulla quilts out of many tiny scraps of symmetrical fabrics. Kaleidoscopic quilts became my passion. If our first child grew up amid the sawdust, her younger sister grew up amid heaps of fabric.

Then I decided to try my hand at making real kaleidoscopes. I found lovely wooden tubes to use for the bodies, but I couldn’t find end-caps to fit them. A friend suggested I make the end-caps out of polymer clay. “Polymer what?” I said. She was right, polymer clay did make beautiful endcaps. Better yet, polymer clay canework lends itself to kaleidoscopic images. I fell in love with the medium, especially canework. I made incredibly intricate canes for the sheer joy of it. Soon I was decorating anything and everything with clay: pens, clocks, cigar-boxes, vases, small children. . .

Overwhelmed by the artistic rubble, my husband finally pleaded with me to either stop — or to get serious and start marketing my work. I began to sell my work at craft fairs. Before long mere decoration was not enough, and I began to sculpt. Using my canework to decorate my own sculpture was the obvious next step.

Unfortunately by then there was hardly room left in the house for our books, my artwork and the children. We found a new house with a bigger yard, a basement, a shop, and a loft over the kitchen. We added a playroom for the children; I made the loft over into a full-time studio and took over much of our new workshop.

I now show my sculpture at seven to ten fine art shows a year in Oregon and Washington.

But my interest in art continues to evolve. In 2006 and 2007, I taught myself to draw portraits. Not satisfied with black and white I began to paint. After several false starts I painted my first real watercolor. Since then I have been obsessed with watercolor, sometimes producing as many as five paintings a week.

My paintings are on display at Art in the Valley, Corvallis, Oregon and in art fairs in and around the Northwest. I am a  member of the Oregon Watercolor Society.

I will continue to sculpt, but watercolor is my joy, my passion, and my obsession.

 

Watercolor Exhibitions:

2013:

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 38th Annual Exhibit, Texas

Watercolor Society of Oregon Fall Transparent Show, Bandon, Oregon,  Award of Merit.

Art in the Valley Featured Artist, “Summer in the Old World”

2012:

Western Federation of Watercolor Associations 37th Annual Exhibit, Las Vegas, Nevada

2011:

Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Show, Eugene, Oregon

Art in the Valley Retrospective 20 Years, Corvallis, Oregon

Watercolor Exhibit LaSells Stewart Center’s Giustina Gallery, Corvallis, Oregon

Sliverton Fine Art Festival, Silverton, Oregon

Artisan Village, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon

Salem Art Association, Members Show, Salem, Oregon

Featured Artist, “The Sound of Paint,” Art in the Valley, Corvallis, Oregon

2010:

Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Show, Brookings, Oregon

Art on the Town,  Fine Art Festival, Wilsonville, Oregon

Bellevue Art Museum Art Fair, Bellevue, Washington

Artisan Village, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon

2009:

Featured Artist, “Some of  My Favorite Things,” Art in the Valley, Corvallis, Oregon

Artisan Village, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon

2008

Artisan Village, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Oregon