Texas has always been my home. I come from a rural background of farmers and ranchers. This instilled a deep reverence for nature at an early age. After my father lost his farm to drought, both my parents became teachers. They worked hard to repay their debt and begin again. When things got better, we began to travel during the summer months. I was introduced to such wonders as the Grand Canyon and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We went from one state park to another, camping out all across the United States.
After obtaining a B.S. in Education, I taught for many years in the Texas public school system. Then at the age of 41 and with the blessing of a supportive and loving husband, I set out to achieve my dream of establishing myself as an artist. I first returned to painting, but one day I found the clay studio at Hill Country Arts Foundation and have never left. I currently teach classes in clay to adults and children at the Foundation.
What I attempt to express is my love and reverence for the beauty of this earth… clay is my language. There is a feeling of magic when hand and clay meet and the creative process begins. Mother Earth’s most abundant resource, and the added aspect of alchemy, allows me to express every mood, every thought in functional beauty. I have always felt that clay chose me. I make pottery because it satisfies the urge to make things that have purpose and are reminders of our absolute dependence on the natural world. I strive to take beautiful elements of nature and put them into a context where people will take the time to appreciate their perfection.