About the Artist
At the core of my being, I am an artist. Everything I approach in life passes through the lens of my artist’s eye.
As a child on Christmas morning, the gift I always hoped for most was art supplies. Pencils, paints, clay–any device or material I could use to produce something from my imagination.
Both of my parents were artists, so I grew up in an extremely creative environment–watching my parents create all kinds of things–and being encouraged to do the same. Some of my best childhood memories are of times spent with my family, sketching boats along the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, Michigan. It was normal in our house to see my mom working on copper enameling in the kitchen or my dad doing an oil painting in the garage. And that would be just a couple of the myriad of artforms in which they dabbled.
Throughout my life, I have loved drawing, painting, sculpting, designing clothes, fashion accessories, jewelry and home furnishings.
In my early twenties, I produced decorative accessories made from plaster. I made the molds of my own sculptures and wall hangings, did the casting and applied the finishes. After selling that business, in my late twenties I became deeply involved in silkscreening. I studied the art, produced my own designs and made my own screens–many of them. The printing was done in my garage and I produced a line of scarves, handbags, totebags and other accessory items from my own designs. One of the highlights of that era was traveling to Israel and entering an elevator in the hotel, where I observed a woman wearing a scarf I had designed and printed with my own hands.