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PRECISELY IN THE MIDDLE of the last century, I was born an old soul...in a good mood...and feet first. Anxious to study the planet I'd landed on, my interest soon shifted to observing our human nature instead. Seven years into this escapade, I wrote and illustrated my first story. Culturally isolated on a farm and in a forest, the search for enlightenment was not without shadows. Feeling like a misplaced religious hermit, I see our world as a visually-distracted classroom which has erupted into mayhem while our teacher appears to be away. I believe, whether we're watched or not, a human being must strive for dignity. The better part of dignity is decency. So while I was steeped in the hopes and hard times, the humor and ho-hum of America's Eisenhowerian culture, an inner voice constantly urged me to seperate purpose from distraction. I overcame the mediocrity of my culture's expectations and evolved as a self-reliant writer and artist.

My philosophy is that artists are challenged to produce visionary work, while tethered to a landscape of existence. If we escape from the nuts and bolts of daily life, we can express the value of being a human being. In perspective, a visitor to Earth might see well-deserved tombs which honor unknown soldiers, then wonder why our kind has neglected poets, painters and philosophers who've spent anonymous lives in the unheralded quest to enrich our civilization. Artists can serve by recording beauty, sharing reflections of wonder, or by holding up a mirror to the machine-mad world which threatens to marginalize us. This much I know: we mustn't be tricked into wasting time. TIME is what each soul inherits. When we've spent our time here, what will have mattered? PEOPLE.
As an artist and individual, I believe how we spend our share of time, will define us.

So while spending some time at college in Ashland, Oregon, I studied enamel work, sketching, and pen and ink compositions. My renderings were featured in three annual One-Artist shows on the campus. In the 1970's, I produced commissioned works for the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. I used a variety of mediums, but primarily watercolors. (A reasonable choice in a rainy climate.) A decade later, working on the Oregon campuses in Corvallis and Ashland, I produced commissioned posters.

In the 1980's, my husband and I were pleased to find ourselves---as well as each other---on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. As a freelance artist since then, I've consistently produced personally-inspired, and commissioned artworks. (Not wishing to appear too serious, in 1989 I entered a juried show and displayed works with a theme of social satire. As a result, the local arts guild awarded me their much-coveted "Brain Drain Award".) During one 5 year span, I organized a dozen shows featuring regional artists. I also participated in these, which culminated in a very satisfying One-Artist show at Manresa Castle in Port Townsend, in October 1998. A recent showing of my watercolors and handpainted ceramics took place at the Jefferson County Library. My artworks have been displayed in art galleries in Port Hadlock, Anacortes, and Port Townsend.

My current collection of work includes a wide range of paintings, menu designs, greeting and occupational cards, a unique line of studio-inspired ceramics, photographs with a fairy tale twist, and a variety of event-related posters. Linked to my writing, and write I do, are my pastels and watercolors,
plus two profusely-illustrated parlor portfolios, Darwigger: An Ode to a Toad, and Amazon in the Monastery. ****************************************************************************************************************************

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