Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja California for Mira Costa College, including illustrating their pamphlets and a of couple murals.
-Worked for Dr. Brusca drawing Isopods at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
-Took some wonderful art classes at Palomar College, San Marcos, California
1983, -Moved to Alaska to drive a Shuttle Bus in Denali National Park and began selling art
-Helped my cousin build her log cabin on her wilderness homestead
1988, -Married my Alaskan Husband and started our family.
1992, - CoFounded Nenana River Art Guild, Organized Local Art Shows and Christmas Bazaars for years.
-Taught children and adult drawing classes.
1994, -Opened Local Color Art Gallery and Studio, Denali National Park, Alaska. After one very successful summer I decided it was
more fun in the studio and happily sold my work in other peoples galleries.
-Began home schooling my children, this lasted for 10 years.
2000, -Made a Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Italy, which began my pursuit of a more permanent art medium
2003, -Took a stained glass class from Debbie Matthews in Fairbanks, Alaska
2005, -Attended a fusing glass class with Jim Gregory from Spectrum Glass Factory
2006, -Took a glass painting class with Peter McGrain
-Began studying stained glass in on line forums. I can not thank Vic Rothman enough for all his help and instruction
2009, -Received an American Glass Guild scholarship to study glass painting with Richard Millard
-Spent an intense month studying glass on the east coast with Rebecca Hartman. We traveled to many studios, Museums,
Cathedrals and more
-Became a member of the American Glass Guild
2009 -2012 -Attended many amazing glass classes at American Glass Guild Conferences
- A second glass painting class with Richard Millard.
2012, -Installed my first church windows in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbanks, Alaska
2013, -Glass Painting class with Jim Berberich.
-Joined The Stained Glass Association of America.
2014, -Moved to Idaho
2015, -Completed 11 Large Watercolor Paintings for trail sign illustrations for Camp LiWa, Fairbanks, Alaska
2015, -Won double first prizes for my stained glass window at the Stained Glass Association Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.
-Acknowledged in the 2015 Summer, Volume 110, number 2, Stained Glass Quarterly, international magazine.
2015, -Feature article, "The Wild Winding Trail" , excepts from my autobiography in the 2015 Fall, Volume 110, Number 3,
Stained Glass Quarterly, international magazine published since 1906.
1978, -Graduated from Carlsbad High, California
I had many wonderful art teachers.
-Began selling fine art and commission work,
including illustrating a book
1981, - One year at Central State University, Edmond,
1982, -Worked at The Vermillion Sea Field Station,
An old jack rabbit lived in an aging orange grove in Escondido, California back when that was normal. While nibbling along the trail, getting high on the blossoms’ aroma, he noticed eight old trees missing and a home growing there with a baby girl watching him from her high chair. One morning, when she still spoke in single words, she declared, ‘Bunny.’ Upon inspection, her mother was surprised to find an oatmeal rabbit sitting at the bottom of her bowl. That was the beginning of my wild and winding journey down the artist’s trail.
My soul has known darkness and confusion, like many others. It has also known great joy and love in my adventurous Alaskan life. I have often found my peace in walking with God and trying to understand His creation around me, since I rarely understand humanity. I want my artwork to more than reflect the beauty I have chosen to live amongst in Alaska, and as of 2014 Idaho. I hope it will inspire people for years to come. Around 2000 my spirit was dry, and nearly dead. I began to rebuild it with this course of action :
1. Nothing in this moment needs to change.
2. Find Good and Beauty in this moment.
3. Give God thanks for the good and beauty in this moment.
Now I walk most days with sweet inner joy. And I guess number 4 would be a determination to share the good and beauty with others daily.
Another thing that changed about the same time, was I found a deep need to pursue an art medium that was more permanent than watercolor paper. This started an intense study of stained glass, new and traditional techniques. When I paint with watercolor I save out the whites to represent light. When I paint with oil and acrylic I add white to represent light. But with Stained Glass the light is actually light from nature. I have a very strong relationship to the sun. For 33 years, I lost it for 6 weeks every winter in Alaska. As the sunlight outside changes, so does the artwork in stained glass. The art is thus alive in a way that no other art medium has offered me. So this is the medium that gives me the most pleasure to fill with symbols and stories buried in one piece.
I like to create works that give the observer a reason to discover little things the longer they look. Little things that will hopefully trigger big thoughts.