Early on, I took a career test that ranked me equally good at both statistics and art. Statistics won out serving my need for financial security, but I always knew that art would persist.
I sought art as a second vocation after a fulfilling career in research. My educational background and work experience started in the hard sciences of chemistry and biology. I moved on to social psychology, running a research consulting business. Eventually I landed into a medical environment analyzing physician behavior in the treatment of cancer. This rich background played into my affinity for science and technology that I use in my art.
In 2009, I completed the University of Washington Fiber Arts Certificate Program to launch into the challenges of an art profession. There I learned the importance of artist concept, finding one’s voice, and the business of art. I have further studied with many artists in the fiber art field to refine my expertise in techniques. Their methods and approaches have influenced my art and process.
Along the way, I have picked up a skill in administering exhibitions. I was exhibitions chair for the Northwest Designer CraftArtists and was formerly the Surface Design Association’s representative for Washington State. During my three-year tenure with SDA, I executed a traveling exhibition of a hundred members artwork in four venues around the state. I have also curated several other shows. My art has been seen in forty or so shows, more than half juried.
In 2018, I was juried into both the Northwest Designer CraftArtists, a five-state membership of eclectic fine craft artists, and the Art Cloth Network, an international group of fiber artists.
I completed a bachelor’s degree in social psychology and a master’s in business in quantitative methods.