|Having always enjoyed
doing creative things, I find as I grow older that being creative keeps me challenged and
young in spirit because it seems that anything is possible!
I grew up in Western New York State and
continue to return to visit family and friends, and the beautiful country that can be
found there. I have conducted collage workshops at the Chautauqua Institute which is
a renowned center for the arts also located in Western New York, and another great reason
Hawaii has been my home for over 30
years and I am constantly inspired by this unique place ... inspired to create, to
contribute, and to change. I have been a serious visual artist since the early
1980s when my mentor, Gloria Foss, shared her knowledge with me, and which I then
applied to my paintings, collages, and workshops I conduct. We have recently
collaborated on a book, Paper Dyeing for Collage & Crafts, so we can share
with others our excitement of creating art with hand dyed papers.
Working in clay,
especially hand built and raku or smoke fired, is another great creative expression for
to the artistic community of Hawaii has been important to me and I have held positions on
the boards of The Association of Hawaii Artists and the Honolulu branch of the National
League of American Penwomen, as well as being a member of several other art
organizations. I am co-owner of The Arts of Paradise Gallery which has showcased the
original artwork of Hawaii artists for visitors from around the world since 1988.