My father was an architect and my mother a painter, sculptor, potter, and lover of literature. Both were exceptional craftspeople. There was no television in our house so my sisters and friends and I were our own entertainment. My childhood included building structures out of anything available and designing and performing theatrical events.
I believe we are all storytelling creatures, that story is the underlying structure of all our expressions. I believe in the power of the individual voice in the chorus of humanity and our creative works are windows to the soul.
2020 Portland Textile Month, co-collaborator with Sea Stories, Emily Miller. A community distributed project of Puppet stores.
2020 House Special costume construction
2019 Wendell and Wild costume construction
2012 TEDxManhattanBeach2012, presenter
2011 Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, Project Manager and Curator, Doer Hosier Middle East Art Installation: Papyrus
2011 Aspen Eco-Fest: line of eco-friendly recycled whimsical creatures
2011 Roaring Fork Open, Aspen Art Museum
2010 Eco-Fest juried art show
2010 AWF Story Swap artist
2010 Red Brick Juried Exhibition
2008 Out of the Box, Red Brick Invitational
2006 Costume Design Consultant and interim Lead Costume Designer, Coraline, LAIKA Entertainment, Portland, OR
1996-2005 Will Vinton Studios/LAIKA Entertainment, Portland Oregon: WB and Fox Network animated TV series, “The P J’s”. Commercial assignments including: NFL, Korn Nuts, Varivax, Samsung South Korea. ESURE UK. Coca Cola Argentina
1980-Present Exhibited drawings, paintings, and sculpture: CO, OR, IN, KY
2011-12 Spellbinders Storyteller Trainer
2000-06 Foundation Faculty, The Art Institute of Portland, Portland OR
1983-91 Taught after-school and TAG children’s art classes
2005 Master of Arts in Education, Argosy University, Seattle, WA
1994 BFA Painting, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
2009-11 Aspen Writers Foundation Board Member, Ben Haggarty Storytelling workshops, London, UK
For me, life and art unfold like the unfolding of stories. The depth of experience feeds the richness of the journey. Minor characters in early chapters may reappear later as wizened wizards. The art of puppetry is wise and magical and has trailed me, pointing out that I have, by the way, been exploring components of this art for much of my life. It has my attention now and I wonder where this will lead.