Born 1954 in San Antonio, Texas.
Grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
Moved to Greenville, North Carolina in 1986.

Ceramics workshop. Linda Arbuckle, instructor 1994
B.S. in Horticulture, University of Missouri 1978
Raytown High School 1972

Awards and Grants

2014 Artsplosure, Raleigh, NC,  Merit Award 
            Article in Greenville Times Magazine October/November edition (click to visit)
2012 Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival, Walt Whitman Award of Excellence for Sculpture

2010 Downeast Sculpture Exhibition, Emerge Gallery, Greenville, NC First place

2009 Downeast Sculpture Exhibition, Emerge Gallery, Greenville, NC Third place 
            Raleigh News and Observer Birdhouse Competition, JC Raulston Arboretum, 1st place Flights of Fancy
            Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, Pa Merit Award

2008 Mt. Dora Arts Festival, Mt. Dora, Florida Second Place in Sculpture
            Spoleto Arts Festival, Charleston SC Second place
            Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, Va. First place in Sculpture
            Port Warwick Art and Sculpture Festival, Port Warwick, Va., First Place

2007 Mt. Dora, Florida Arts Festival Award of Excellence
            Greenville, NC Museum of Art Annual Juried Art Show Second Place 
            Emerge Gallery Annual Sculpture Exhibition Best in Show

2006 Atlanta Dogwood Festival Best of Show in 3-D Mixed Media
            Spoleto Arts Festival, Charleston SC Mayor's Purchase Award for Best in Show
            Centerfest, Durham NC Best of Show
            Disney Festival of the Masters 3rd place in Sculpture
            Visual Arts Center of Richmond Craft & Design Show 1st place in Clay

2005 Charlotte Arts Festival 2nd place 3-D
            Spoleto Arts Festival, Charleston SC Merit Award

2004 Centerfest, Durham NC 2nd place 3-D

2003 Centerfest, Durham NC 3rd place 3-D

2002 Roanoke Arts and Crafts Show, Roanoke VA 2nd place 3-D
            Regional Artist Project Grant, North Carolina Arts Council

Since I was a child, I was fascinated with clay. I remember walking to kindergarten early so I could take two small balls of molding clay and form a giant ball which I then buried at the bottom of the box. Even if my table was the last to be called, I usually ended up with the biggest ball of clay. I particularly loved making animals.

I briefly majored in art while attending Northwest Missouri State University, but got discouraged, dropped out and worked a couple of years. I later enrolled at the University of Missouri/Columbia where I majored in Horticulture. It was at MU that I discovered the Craft Studio. This wonderful facility allowed students, regardless of their major, to work in several areas of crafts at their own pace. There I began my real journey into art. I met many knowledgeable and helpful individuals who gave me the encouragement and knowledge I needed to pursue my art.

In 1978, I did my first art show, Santa-Cali-Gon Days in my hometown of Independence, Mo. It was a grueling, hot, four day show. I made a grand total of $300 and I thought I was the richest woman in town. I decided to try and do art shows the summer after I graduated and see how things went. Fortunately , I was able to support myself and have been doing shows ever since.

Since then, my work has undergone many changes. Recently, I have gone from traditional methods using slips, underglazes and glazes to what is known as cold finishes: that is, painting on clay. I love the rich colors and matte finish of this technique. I can now use colors that were unattainable to me in the past.
Artist Statement/Resume