As a child, I was cared for by my aunt during the day while my parents ran their restaurant. Little did I know how lucky I was to have her artistic talent as an influence. She could draw, paint and sew fabulous clothing, all in a day’s work, not thinking of herself as an artist. When I started first grade, I stayed with my grandmother after school until my parents could pick me up. That was another story. She had her own business called Lilly B Linton Maternity Home, where pregnant women came to give birth to their children. Over the years, she had more than 500 babies born in her home. Even though she was busy, she had time to embroider beautiful crazy quilts with leftover dress material. I took this all as normal. I feel lucky to have lived part-time with family members from whom I learned about art, babies and cooking. Eventually, I took those talents to the University of Washington where, after four years, I received a BA in English.

I was in my early thirties, married, and had four children when I decided to take art classes at our nearby Everett Junior College. After my first design class, I knew I had “found my center." I was fascinated with each class and eventually took all the art classes except photography.

As much as I enjoyed drawing and painting I was attracted to fiber and still am. My current focus is contemporary basketry, using whatever it takes--bamboo, round reeds, cloth, paper and wood. There is something about the feel of the fiber and being able to design it into completion that satisfies me.

Presently, I live in Seattle where I maintain a home-studio.

I belong to Northwest Designer Craftsmen, National Basketry Organization and Friends of Fiber Art International.

I am represented by browngrotta arts of Wilton, Connecticut, and Schack Art Center of Everett, Washington.