I have been a quilt artist for ten years. My one quilting class was with Natasha Kempers-Kullen at Asilomar in 1999. Otherwise, I am self-taught. I had an art minor at UC Berkeley, and have taken numerous painting and drawing classes at the local community college. I have a MA and two teaching credentials in the field of Special Education- I have spent the last 35 years employed by the Mendocino County Office of Education as an Orientation and Mobility Instructor for the Blind.
My quilts have been shown regularly since 2000, and awarded ribbons periodically, at many quilt shows across the US, including the AQS shows in Paducah and Nashville, the Tactile Architecture, Husqvarna and IQA shows in Houston, IQA in Chicago, PIQF, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, World Quilt and Textile, the PA National Quilt Extravaganza and Visions in San Diego. I have been a finalist three times in the MAQS "New Quilts from an Old Favorite" contest, and won a third place in their "bears paw" contest. My own quilts, together with those made by members of my guild, have been juried five years in a row into the "Ultimate Guild Challenge" sponsored by AQS at the Nashville show, winning 2nd place, 1st place, and best of show (two times). Many of my pieces have been accepted into major gallery shows across the country, and have also been published in major quilting magazines in the US and abroad.
Two of my quilts (and me too!) have been featured in documentary films. One was done by PBS in Redding CA in 2004 ("Escape from Skagway"). The other ("An Unexpected Manifestation of Menopause/Laura Takes a Leap") was filmed by a private videographer and included in "Until the Violence Stops" which aired on Lifetime TV in addition to being shown in theaters around the country in conjunction with the annual performances of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues".
I have been lecturing and teaching landscape collage classes for quilting stores, quilt guilds and private groups in northern California and Washington for the past eight years.
I live in Ukiah and have three grown children. Besides quilting, my hobbies include mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, organic gardening and writing. I am the author of a book (a memoir on my experiences working with blind children and their families), which was published in 2007 by Medusa's Muse Publishing Company.