My commitment to education is equaled only by a passion for my family and for the arts. Early on I was a freelance cartographer for the University of California, Los Angeles, sold miniature paintings to such establishments as “The Egg and the Eye”, a Los Angeles folk art gallery at that time, Robinson’s Department Store and Virginia’s Gift Shop at Knott’s Berry Farm. I received a Presidential Recognition Award for my contributions to Los Angeles’ Allesandro Elementary School’s mural project, while I also taught arts to a group of gifted students. I created an adult sized rocking horse, the plans of which grew into a small business operation and experienced a level of international success through such publications as Popular Mechanics.
All the while I immersed myself in quilting, sewing formal gowns and original designed clothing. When not sewing, I was painting and had my work exhibited at California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that a colleague prevailed upon me to attend one, just one, local quilt guild meeting. Henceforth an entirely new focus and passion began to consume my artistic applications. I became part of a group that spearheaded the formation of an art quilt subgroup and I joined “Quilt Visions” of San Diego, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Quilts on the Wall. The rest is history. I was hooked. Due to a set of very fortunate circumstance, I was able to exit the world of academia, move to Vista, California, where my entire hilltop home has become a studio filled with the wonder of color and fabric.