My earliest recollections of life involve travelling and living between South California and Southeast Texas. As a child of the oilfield, I remember pump jacks and field towns, bustling cities and wide vistas. I received formal art training at both Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, and the University of Houston, at Houston, Texas. I worked at a picture framing gallery for a time, then in the library systems for the city and school district in Houston. A relocation to southeast Ohio found me over-qualified for continuing in library science – I returned to my artistic ‘chops’ working in the rapidly expanding world of Art Rubber stamping – teaching in Cincinnati, and then around Amarillo. During this time, I made friends with the owner of an acrylic ‘shrink-plastic’ art sheet company – Lucky Squirrel. I added to my repertoire as a demonstration artist for them at various craft-supply shows, while continuing to teach at rubber stamp stores in Texas, California, Missouri and the Northeast. As interest in rubber stamping diminished, I became more focused on the use of shrink plastic in jewelry making and other forms – eventually being asked by a craft publishing company to write a book on the media.
In the past few years, my interest in print-making (my academic focus) has returned to print-making, particularly mono-printing. Each piece is an assembly of disparate elements, brought together to make a single statement. I hope that you enjoy viewing them as much as I did creating.
The visual arts – what makes them precious to us? Line, Color, Shape, Texture. It is all around us, as is creativity. Creativity reaches out to us in all areas of life: business, homemaking, teaching, and on and on. I love the burst of color, line and texture in the world around us. I have worked with acrylic jewelry making, rug hooking, and with mono-printing. I wrote a book about working acrylic shrink-plastic in jewelry, box-making, and other forms. Art will always be a part of my life. As I have grown older, I have found the immersion of myself in the visual arts is more and more important to my health and Well-being.