Growing up on the rural Bridgeport Bar in an apple orchard, my sister Anna and I generated our own entertainment. Our parents read to us nightly. My childhood favorite, “The Marvelous Land of Oz,” with its distinctive illustrations ignited my imagination. I began creating what at that time, was my world: warm afternoons lying on the back of our milk cow, Diamond, and memorizing rhythmic energy patterns of cricket chirps and dried grass stems rubbing against a fence; watching Columbia River water currents form liquid contours around shore rocks and vegetation; discovering how distant sprinkler pipes and risers appeared smaller while “pole bending” giant thistles in the pastures; orchard work teaching how fruit grew and ripened on the trees and smelling rich, fruity aromas that mingled landscape low with light blue wood smoke in the fall; scratching designs off waxy, white patinas jacketing mature apples that escaped a picker’s grasp; touching twisted wood grains revealing growth patterns and seeing nature correcting herself; or experimenting with color and discovering what happens when red and green are mixed together. Trial and error were my first instructors.
Although I sketched since I could hold a pencil, poor eyesight guided me to produce sculptures of paper, baling twine, metal, wire and wood. I began displaying art in 1978 and since then have been juried into major art shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. My subjects are varied and often constructed in multiple art mediums including watercolor, sculpture, printmaking, pottery, drawing, and calligraphy.
With financial aid from my paternal aunt, I attended W.S.U. and took every fine art class available to me. I earned a degree in Art Education and taught fine arts in Republic, Bridgeport, Selah, and Pateros school districts before retiring in 2012.