After receiving a BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996 I pursued work in museums with an interest in exhibition design. After attending a screen printing on fabric class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 2001 I followed the instructor, Clare Verstegen, to Arizona State University and received a MFA in textiles in 2005. The majority of my work during and up until 2020 focused on hand screen printed fabric, using repeat and random patterning. I have also used free style embroidery and needlepoint in my work. In later years I became focused on making usable items, such as napkins, towels and pillows with these fabrics. The imagery for my work during graduate school and immediately following was sourced from a constantly growing collection of pictograms, usually of hands, instructing how to perform tasks without words. As I began to travel more and spend time outside the imagery I used in my patterns was usually from photos I had taken on my phone of natural elements. Regardless of the imagery I am always thinking about color and pattern in my work
Coinciding with my graduate school experience at ASU I began training to become a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor. I had been a student of Gyrotonic since 2001, decided to become an instructor in 2005, completed my certification in 2006, and taught private sessions on the tower equipment for over 10 years. I hope to get back to this work one day soon.
Currently I am focusing on investigating natural dyes and different ways to apply them to fabric. Otherwise I am keeping my hands busy with beads and yarn as well as facilitating artists to show their work at Square Ramp.