ABOUT

I am a native of Montana, born in Billings in 1953. I attended the University of New Mexico, and graduated in 1975 with a degree in English Literature. I returned to Montana and began to paint and to make textile art. In 1986 I received my teaching certification from Rocky Mountain College in Billings. I moved to Missoula in 1987, where I have continued to make art and show it at different places around the country and internationally. I lived in Beijing, China for two years, where I made art, and spent time researching several different kinds of rapidly vanishing Chinese folk art techniques.

My fetish dolls have been featured in several magazines and in four books about unusual techniques in doll making, and about polymer clay. My paintings have been used by several local groups as posters to promote their projects. I decorated a bear for the Grizzly Prowl campaign and a big horn sheep for the Billings Depot’s Bighorn Magic Project. In Beijing I also designed posters and brochures for an NGO which promotes human rights. I continue to make small sculptures, gouache paintings, dolls, and jewelry, and have recently started to do encaustic paintings.

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