I was born in Baton Rouge, LA in 1949.  I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from LSU-Shreveport. I am now living my dream in Santa Fe, New Mexico at place I have been in love with for over 30 years.

 

While I was always attracted to art, it was certainly something I could never practice.  I was unintentionally given the message as a child that I was not an artist.  It took me quite awhile to overcome this belief.

 

My first exposure to the world of art was in the mid 1970s, when I took classes and started weaving.  I did both loom weaving and off-loom three dimensional weaving. It was a fascinating and rewarding art form, but I still was very aware that I was not an artist. 

 

I began painting in 1988. It was at this point that I said, “What the hell, I want to try this”. I just started painting floorcloths and furniture without any training, and taking that risk started it all.  I loved painting furniture because of the unexpected nature of it, and I thought you didn’t have to be a “real” artist to paint furniture.  I have sold pieces of my painted furniture in galleries in Shreveport, New Orleans and Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

I began making jewelry in 2003.  I studied metalwork at the Dallas Craft Guild.  I am especially attracted to pieces that have an aged appearance.  Many of my metal pieces have a patina that is either applied with chemicals, paint or as a result of the torch. 

 

For a number of years now my focus has been on sculptural pieces. It was not until around 2009 that I started feeling like and knowing in my soul that I was an artist. It was while working on these sculptural pieces that I broke free. I work with polymer clay, paper clay, paper mache and whatever else I might pick up.  My pieces are very organic both in appearance and the process that brings them to life. I usually start with very vague ideas, like a face and let the clay become what it wants to become.  As with my metal work, these sculptural pieces have a patina as if they have been touched by many hands and originated in another place unknown to us. 

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