About the Artist

You're going to be a "late bloomer" my childhood art teacher said to me. I was 23 at the time, and she was reading my palm. She was quite correct. It was 39 years later that I first attempted to enter an art show, and was very honored to have been selected to exhibit at the 25th anniversary Loveland Sculpture in the Park Show.

In 1976 I earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art. Shortly thereafter I moved to the Karmê Chöling Buddhist Community in northern Vermont, and then to Boulder, Colorado, where in 1986 I earned a Masters in Psychology from Naropa University while continuing to make art.

When my family and I moved to a new house in the Nyland CoHousing Community I did not at first have a studio, but I found I could draw, using pencil or ink, while in bed. This making-art-in-bed expanded to working with a "clean" sculptural medium (Super Sculpey®). I used a circular, wooden lazy-susan as a base and began creating a series of high-relief, third-world portraits. In the past few years I've taken a break from sculptural portraits and have focused on hyper-realistic pencil drawings of third-world adults and children, as well as my own grandparents, great-grandparents, daughter, and grandsons.

Artist's Statement

Showing the humanity of all people has been my primary intent in the creation of these multi-cultural, high-relief bronze and painted sculptures. I work each piece until it comes to life -- embodying a unique human being. I work my drawings, as well, so that they have life captured in a moment.

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