I am an emerging artist working in textiles, primarily in the form of art quilting. I come to this work after a life oriented to the written word, from writing poetry and fiction, to careers as a technical editor and librarian. My inner creative compass pointed to a new north after recovering from cancer in 2010, and I found myself craving a visual means of expression. I gravitated to textiles because of the intimate role they play in our physical lives, their tactile nature, and the endless range of possibilities for manipulation.
As I began my foray into making art quilts I called upon my long-ago college painting, photography, and drawing courses. I began taking workshops with art quilters renowned in their field and made rapid strides in my technical abilities and artistic development. I supplemented my textile studies with courses in drawing, watercolor, and composition.
In 2016 I relocated from Oregon to Lubbock, Texas, where I live with my scholar/performer husband Kim Pineda. I am a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, with regional affiliations in both Texas and Oregon.