I started making art in Cleveland, Ohio in the late 1970s. After several years of training at the Cleveland Institute of Art I opened a studio gallery in a run-down Cleveland neighborhood making and selling silkscreen prints. Other artists followed suite, turning boarded-up storefronts into artful galleries and studios, and collectively we developed one of Cleveland’s most lively art centers.
In 1986 I moved to California. I finished my art education at San Francisco State where I became captivated with metal work. After graduating I focused on mixed-metal jewelry. Circumstances however took me away from metalsmithing and into a job, which I loved, but which took most of my time.
Of course I couldn’t leave art completely. Over the years I made jewelry, both metal and beads, worked in cloth and worked in polymer clay making small altar icons using image transfers. I both taught and painted in watercolor, often turning my watercolors as well as my original photos into greeting cards.
Recently I have been able to return to my studio full time. My metal pieces take focus and concentration and I am happily creating the small worlds in which I can tell my stories.