“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

—Pablo Picasso

Art has been a part of my life since I was 3 years old when I “painted” my little sister (and the walls too!) with 40 different colors of lipsticks that belonged to my mom’s friend. Since then, I have explored many different medias such as painting, drawing, jewelry, recycling objects into art, fine art dolls, glass beads, and many more. I have settled on three main medias to concentrate my creative efforts: bookmaking, pottery and figurative clay sculptures. These three medias help me to focus on the beauty of art and to refine my skill. The process of creating art cleanses the soul, quiets the mind and gives one a revitalized outlook on life.

My love of working with natural materials; leather, paper, and clay stem from being raised on a farm in Lily Lake, Illinois where the abundance of nature surrounded me every day. I currently reside in West Chicago with my husband, Greg, and my two cats. Our 5 grandchildren all love to create art projects when they visit. My recent retirement as a professor at Elgin Community College in the Communication Design department, allows me more time to work on my art and to share with others.