As an undergraduate I concentrated on printmaking and as a graduate student I focused on ceramics. Along with teaching, I worked as a part-time studio potter and adult pottery instructor. I enjoyed working in clay and did so for nearly twenty years.
So why did I decide to make books? I took a break from ceramics to think about what I might like to do in the future. Thinking about the future led me to thinking about the past.
I remembered the hours I spent as a child making
“imaginary maps.” Making maps let me draw, color, paint,
paste, cut and fold paper. And many of the maps I turned
into small books. With those childhood memories in mind I
took a basic bookmaking workshop at
I really enjoyed the workshop and found this was the new creative direction I wanted to head in. I sold my potter’s wheel and my kiln and became a book artist.
Of course no one creates art in a vacuum. I would like to thank the book artists who have been my instructors or have encouraged me in my bookmaking explorations – Carol Barton, Susan Lightcap, Miriam Schaer, Mary Phelan, Jude Robison, Hedi Kyle, Karen Henderson, Maria Pisano, Carolyn Chadwick, Ed Hutchins, Paul Jackson and Barbara Mauriello.
I would also like to thank the
members of the Book Arts Roundtable for their ongoing
support, especially Karen McDermott, Benita Wolfe,
Since 2004 I have exhibited in numerous galleries in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Colorado and Oregon. I have completed a month-long residency in book arts at the Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ, and was invited to teach a summer workshop there.
I’ve taught book arts workshops in many venues to all ages from preschoolers to adults.
WHERE I CREATE
was born and raised in Kansas, and moved from the Great
Plains to the Coastal Plain of New Jersey following college
graduation. I now live
and maintain my studio in
Havre de Grace, Maryland where the
flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
Bachelor of Science in Art Education - Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
Master of Arts in Studio Arts - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ