My ‘fiber art’ awareness began at the age of 8, when my Great Aunt taught me how to crochet. It was then that I began creating fabric with yarn, a needle and my hands. I have worked in a number of techniques since then, although I continued to seize the true spirit of my fiber art by creating one-of-a-kind contemporary baskets and sculptural vessels. Rekindling a passion for loom weaving, from which it all began as an elective course, and earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kutztown University, my tapestries, wall hangings and wearable art incorporate a variety of techniques with endless possibilities to explore.
I have exhibited my work at prestigious juried shows such as The Smithsonian Craft Show, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the American Craft Exposition, American Craft Council, as well as invitational and juried shows across the US and Ireland. A recipient of numerous awards, my work is also included in several private collections, included in a variety of magazine publications, as well as books.
Continually challenging myself, I enjoy working in other areas of artistic expression. I am self-taught in a variety of hand bead weaving and recycled paper techniques used to create jewelry, I have also included painting to my jandra of artistic endeavors, allowing me to create textures using oil and/or acrylic paints. My studio is a rainbow of organized chaos filled with a 45″ floor loom, a jewelry table, an additional work table, a painting easel, walls of yarn and shelves filled with books, as well as a futon for the guest who pulls the short straw.
As an artist and an arts educator, I have found the importance of bringing art to individuals and to nurture the creativity within. I have taught in various art education centers & facilities in PA and MD, continuing education classes at colleges & The Milwaukee Art Museum, as well as after-school art programs, summer school, and as an Artist-in-Residence throughout Adams County and York. As the school year approaches, I will begin a new part of my teaching journey as the Art Teacher for Montessori Academy of Chambersburg.
‘Beginning with the simplest element – a thought, an idea, a feeling – one can express themselves in a visual way and find their artist’s voice.’