Born 1954 in San Antonio, Texas.
Grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
Moved to Greenville, North Carolina in 1986.
workshop. Linda Arbuckle, instructor 1994
B.S. in Horticulture, University of Missouri 1978
Raytown High School 1972
Awards and Grants
Artsplosure, Raleigh, NC, Merit Award
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
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
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
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
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.
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.