Growing up with a father who was a rotogravure artist, and whose family loved music, I can't remember a time when the arts weren't part of my life. From dance lessons, to art classes, to belting out songs accompanied by 45s in the basement of our family home, there was never a time when I did not create. I love working with my hands - drawing, constructing, cutting, assembling.
My art embraces three main forms: collage, assemblage and photography. What runs constant through all of my works, no matter which medium I'm working in, is a curiosity for a wide range of materials, combined with a love for story and storytelling. I am tickled when my husband comes home with a rusted collection of bottle caps and other paraphernalia that he has gathered with me in mind! The pieces I create stand as evidence of the ongoing dialog I have with the world. Conjuring lives in its heart, and magic prompts the viewer to stop, observe, think, and wonder.
In high school, I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Art School, taking summer classes.
As a senior in high school, my art teacher and mentor Jeannette Nichols sent me on scholarship to the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point for an art camp - quite an adventure for a girl from the south side of Chicago!
I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in art/graphic design from Northern Illinois University, and hold a Master's of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. I studied at the Glassell School of Art, an arm of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and have exhibited in Houston, and a national show in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Born and raised in Chicago, I have lived in many places, currently residing in the Houston, Texas area with my husband, two happy dogs and one very cuddly cat.