Educated in the late '60's as a French & English teacher and an accountant since 1972, I have always used artistic endeavors as a means to relax and find a center in my life. In college, I discovered photography, a medium that I have enjoyed since I bought my first SLR camera. Today, I work both in a traditional darkroom setting and also with digital processing. I have been working with stained glass since the early 1980's when I took my first classes in San Francisco. In the late 1980's I discovered dichroic glass and fell in love with its beauty. In 1991, while living outside Portland Maine, I began studying traditional metal smithing and jewelry design at the Maine College of Art . In 2001 I ordered my first Art Clay Silver starter kit from my stained glass distributor, and my love of metal clay was born. In 2004 I completed my Level I and Level II certification in PMC through PMC Connection and became a member of the PMC Guild. In 2005, I started experimenting with polymer clay and enamels. In 2006, I became certified as a level 1 instructor in Art Clay Silver and in 2010 as a Senior Instructor for Art Clay World.
I have over 30 years experience teaching students of all ages in a variety of academic and artistic settings - and my stained glass has been exhibited both here in the USA and in Japan. I have studied most recently with metal clay artists Celie Fago, Carol Babineau, Tim McCreight, Gordon Uyehara, Lorene Davis and Pam East, and Polymer Clay artists Kathleen Dustin,Sarah Shriver, Christi Freisen, Lindley Haunani and Julie Picarello.