I am a clay artist who hand-builds. I love the creative process that enables me to infuse my work with depth and meaning, be serious yet whimsical, and capture the best of nature and the human spirit. I sculpt images of women because I understand the hardships and burdens we carry. I also recognize we hold happiness, share joy, and love unconditionally. The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning and keeps hope alive. My work portrays women as they do these things. My art training started as a child with casual drawing and making things out of whatever I could find. Then there were the assorted art classes in high school. I studied teaching with an art minor in graduate school. As an adult I took numerous art classes and, since my move to Corvallis in 2010, I have found wonderful ceramics teachers who have inspired me. I strive to honor what I love with my art. If others find something familiar or touching in my work, or find that my work taps into an emotional core, then perhaps our lives have been enriched.