I have always loved textiles; at an early age I enjoyed looking through the assortments of fabric remnants at my grandparent's upholstery shop, and would leave with armfuls of remnants and small coin purses sewn by my grandmother (the seamstress for the family business). I taught myself to embroider around the age of 10, and started making my own designs by the age of 12. I received a degree in Fine Arts; but uncertain of what particular discipline of art I wanted to focus in, I continued on with other interests and received her BA in Environmental Science from the University of California - Riverside.
A few years later during a furniture shopping trip, I came across an Arts & Crafts style bookcase; it was love at first sight. I began making curtains, table linens and creating my own designs. I currently hold the designation of Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan and am honored to be a part of a group that is dedicated to promoting high quality craftsmanship in handcrafted items and fine art, in the tradition and philosophy established by Roycroft over 100 years ago.
My work focuses on the creation of original hand-crafted textiles. I receive inspiration for designs from my surroundings and travel. My recent work includes a combination of several disciplines and interests including: fabric, embroidery and painting. The disciplines for each media are combined to create landscapes, botanical studies, and fine art. Subjects and colors within my needle art remain rooted in Arts & Crafts principles, and each piece is completed by hand.