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Born and raised in Kansas City, both my parents are professional artists and I was exposed to art and design at an early age. It was this nurturing environment that enabled me to recognize my intuitive abilities and eventually
express my creative proclivities. It was after a short stint as an apprentice with a silversmith that I became smitten with the medium and the sculptural possibilities of metal. Primarily self- taught my approach is straightforward, exploring forms and using only essential details in search of a simplicity that balances the idiosyncrasies of nature with the clean rhythms of Modernism. Current focus includes translating jewelry designs into sculpture and exploring oil painting.
I Love - Horses, dogs, cats, turtles, birds and small snakes. Sound of the wind in the trees, the ocean on a rocky coast. Interior design , but not cleaning! Anything Japanese…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 16
  • Joined November 9, 2009

Favorite materials

Sterling Silver Gold Mokume Gane Unique Semi Precious Designer Gemstones Anything fossilized, Unusual found objects and rocks

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About

Born and raised in Kansas City, both my parents are professional artists and I was exposed to art and design at an early age. It was this nurturing environment that enabled me to recognize my intuitive abilities and eventually
express my creative proclivities. It was after a short stint as an apprentice with a silversmith that I became smitten with the medium and the sculptural possibilities of metal. Primarily self- taught my approach is straightforward, exploring forms and using only essential details in search of a simplicity that balances the idiosyncrasies of nature with the clean rhythms of Modernism. Current focus includes translating jewelry designs into sculpture and exploring oil painting.
I Love - Horses, dogs, cats, turtles, birds and small snakes. Sound of the wind in the trees, the ocean on a rocky coast. Interior design , but not cleaning! Anything Japanese. The endless expanse of desert, smell of the creosote bushes after a rain. Mythology, astronomy, botany, geology, ornithology and archeology. Kadinsky and Maynard Dixon. Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Whinney the Pooh.
I believe -Energy conservation, responsible government, laughing, living life to the fullest.
I hope - To make a difference and create something really wonderful.

Museum Affiliations / Exhibits
• Museum of Craft & Folk Art / San Francisco, California
• New York State Museum / Albany, New York
• Denver Art Museum / Denver, Colorado
• Phoenix Art Museum / Phoenix, Arizona
• Santa Barbara Art Museum / Santa Barbara, California
• Milicent Rogers Museum / Taos , New Mexico
• Houston Center for Contemporary Craft / Houston, Texas
 
Selected Exhibitions and Awards, 1989-2008
• Sedona Jewelers Exhibition / Lanning Gallery, Sedona, AZ.
• One Woman Show / Art of the West / Encinitas, Ca.
• Women Artists of the West / Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ.
• Trading Places Exhibition / Taos, N.M.
• Winter Arts Exhibition / Broderick Castle / Isle of Arran, Scotland, U.K.
• Trappings of the American West / Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ. (1999-2005)
• Trappings of the American West / Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum, Phoenix, AZ.
• Trappings of the American West 2006 / Northern Arizona Museum, Flagstaff, AZ.
• Art of the American West / Houston Contemporary Craft Museum, Houston, TX.
• Arizona Artist Exhibit / Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum / Phoenix , Az

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