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I like paper. Really. Paper with that 'certain something' draws me like a magnet. For years, my paper of choice was a nice pristine white sheet; it came in reams and pads and I enjoyed using it as my stage for stringing letters and words across to tell little stories. I still love a clean white sheet . . . it's like the 'Favorite' t-shirt in white from The Gap. A classic.

Here and there over the years, though, I would run across other paper the way you can in the wrappings of a gift or tucked away in packaged items, in a shoebox, mailers, etc. I'd come across papers that would appeal to me in some way and I'd squirrel them away in a closet. One day I realized that those collected scraps and bits of paper were creating a storage problem. "Hm," I thought, as I went through them like old friends, saved because they were pretty, bright, colorful or interesting in some way . . . "what should I do…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 30
  • Joined October 11, 2011

Favorite materials

recycled papers, artist and decorative papers, tissue papers, acrylic and watercolor paints, scissors, illustration board, glue sticks, tweezers

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About

I like paper. Really. Paper with that 'certain something' draws me like a magnet. For years, my paper of choice was a nice pristine white sheet; it came in reams and pads and I enjoyed using it as my stage for stringing letters and words across to tell little stories. I still love a clean white sheet . . . it's like the 'Favorite' t-shirt in white from The Gap. A classic.

Here and there over the years, though, I would run across other paper the way you can in the wrappings of a gift or tucked away in packaged items, in a shoebox, mailers, etc. I'd come across papers that would appeal to me in some way and I'd squirrel them away in a closet. One day I realized that those collected scraps and bits of paper were creating a storage problem. "Hm," I thought, as I went through them like old friends, saved because they were pretty, bright, colorful or interesting in some way . . . "what should I do with all of this?" In reading and hearing about so many people having an 'inner artist' I figured I might as well see if perhaps I had one as well. So, here I go! As you can see, I don't have a huge number of items yet, but you have to start somewhere, right? I like making my little pictures and turning them into cards. . . maybe you will like them, too. Maybe you will want to buy them. But if not, perhaps we can still be friends. I am friendly. Oh, and I do hope you like my stuff.

**I'm extremely happy to have a selection of my cards available for purchase in the gift shop/bookstore of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum of the University of Louisiana here in Lafayette, La.**

**My cards can be found at The Kitchen Shop in Grand Coteau, LA. I love this shop and am delighted they are offering my cards. If you're in Grand Coteau, check out this great shop. If you're not there, you should go...it's worth the trip! The shop is in a charming old historic building and is chock-a-blok full of the most wonderful things.

**Also, I was DELIGHTED(!!) to be asked to illustrate the cover of the children's book, "What's Watching Me?" published by Copper Iris Press. Thanks to the authors Carol Stubbs and Nancy Rust for putting their faith in me. **

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