I have been a museum administrator, denture adhesive repackager, teaching artist, street corner hot dog vendor, and a greeting card re-stocker at a Walmart. Through the professional jobs, the less professional jobs, the downright terrible jobs, and long before I even thought about jobs, I've always, ALWAYS made art.

Childhood--nuts about fabric from an early age

Teen Years--made an apron for my mother out of scraps from the many garments I'd made.

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Young Adulthood--taught self silk painting while my 2 kids napped.

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Middle Years--Time for a change! Made a pair of leggings and a matching pair out of cement and glass tiles to hang on the wall.

More Recently

Learned scary facts about toxins in cement and switched to (much safer) plaster. Spent two years experimenting with this gloppy mass of fun stuff and discovered how to:

 Combine it with paint to create texture

Combine it with paint to create texture

 Wrangle it into three-dimensional shapes

Wrangle it into three-dimensional shapes

 make tiny (1/4" square) plaster tiles

make tiny (1/4" square) plaster tiles

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When the tiny plaster tiles proved to be impractical, learned how to cut stained glass to make it into tile, and this is what I now use in my relief sculptures.

And Here Are Just the Facts

BA in Anthropology, California State Scholar, Cal State U Northridge
MA in Museum Studies, Minor in Folklife, The George Washington University
Curator, Washington County Museum, Portland, OR
Public Programmer, NYS Archives, Albany, NY
Artist-in-Education