I am a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland California, class of 1965, with a Fine Arts degree in painting.
I designed stitchery kits for many years while I was the New Product Director at Sunset Designs. I oversaw design development of needlepoint, lace and quilting products for Peking Handicraft. I traveled to China to work with Creative Design developing a line of ribbons, bows and floral designs. I have designed everything from stuffed animals to fabric food to T-shirt kits and children's chairs, and have written many how-to craft articles and books.
Paper became my medium of choice some twenty years ago. Files and baskets hold my pallet of colored Lokta papers and if I lack a color I need, I color white paper with watercolor. I collect ephemera at garage and estate sales, using sheet music, stamps and old recipes in both my collages and on my 3-D birds.
I license my designs to manufacturing companies, have a small greeting card company and sell my original collages and birds in galleries.
I live with my rescue dog, Bob, overlooking the East Bay Regional Park, on the edge of the Hayward Fault in Oakland, California.
Pallet of Lokta paper in a basket
Cat collages in progress on the drawing board
Studio drawing board
Birds hanging on the studio fire screen to dry
Barn Owl in process
Coot feet ready to be applied to the coot.
"Falca" commission in process