I love spending time in nature, whether in the mountains, at the ocean, or just out in my own backyard. I get caught up in the colors, textures, and patterns all around me; the way light forms a dappled pattern in the grass at my feet, for example, can be so beautiful, and full of life and nuance. Oil paint, being my primary medium, has so much to offer as I seek to convey even a small amount of this beauty onto canvas. The thickness and color of the paint help me to bring my impressions to life. More recently, encaustic paint has made an appearance in my work as well, giving me a new texture, and the translucency of wax to add to the mix.
I experimented with several different media before I discovered the book. I‘m intrigued by the possibility of the material & form, how binding serves as an introduction to the content, the structure & movement, the anticipation of the turning page & the following surprise or resolution. All the senses are involved when one handles a book. I began making journals in 1998 because I couldn’t find one that worked for me. My journal design lays flat & because of the wraparound cover, travels well in a backpack or back pocket. I teach classes in book binding, paper making and various book arts and enjoy meeting and getting people involved in the arts. My education includes classes at the American Academy of Bookbinding, workshops with local & nationally known binders & much trial and error.