I've been working in mosaic since 1996. A hobby with a focus on home decor grew into an exploration of artistic self-expression.
While self-taught in the early years, in 2006 I began traveling, both nationally and internationally, for study.
Having worked with many materials, both traditional and contemporary, I have an affinity for stone and minerals, and traditional mosaic glass and gold.
My work is primarily abstract and material-driven more than design-driven. I am attracted to the freedom and spontaneity that abstract art allows me. I draw as little as possible so that my process is not overly subject to a design conceived prior to what I consider to be my primary creative activity—the physical handling of materials and building of the mosaic. It usually takes months for me to create a mosaic and working abstractly lets me be inspired by the materials and open to the energies and conditions in the present moment. In this way, I create a work that is reflective of a period of time—that is a testament to time lived during its creation.
While my execution technique is grounded in traditional methods and tools, my work is contemporary and exploratory. I enjoy working in series and have several that have been ongoing for years. (More information about my series work is available here.) However, I most often find an impulse to do something out-of-series, with no intention of doing anything like it again.
I live a quiet yet full life in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with my husband of many happy years and our dog, Lucy. We have three amazing adult kids and two delightful grandchildren, all of whom I am fortunate enough to enjoy on a regular basis.