Ever since I can remember I have loved to create.  I was the child who loved to do crafts of all sorts.  Then I discovered drawing and painting and I took every art class my high school offered.  My grandmother recognized my talent and encouraged me to follow my artistic dream, however my father said artist are a dime a dozen, and I could never make a living out of it.  He said I needed to be a secretary or a nurse.  Well, that's exactly what I did, I worked in business, and later became a registered nurse.  But I never lost my ambition for creating.  

 

About 15 years ago I decided I was going to learn how to make a glass bead.  I researched via the internet, what materials and tools I needed to get started.  I found a few books and instructional material about glass working and read as much as I could about this new passion.  And I was off to experimenting and playing with molten glass.  For me it was all trial and error, because I ventured into this self taught.  So many techniques that I have mastered, I learned purely by accident.  Through commitment and dedication, I have made a name for myself as a respected glass artist, and I’m able to offer my glass beads at a very reasonable price, so others can enjoy them as much as I do.  

 

Honors / Awards

  • 1st Pace Glass - Allentown Village Art Society 2014

  • Best Display - Quaker Arts 2014

  • 2nd Place - Quaker Arts 2013

  • 3rd Place Glass - Allentown Village Art Society 2011

  • Judges Award - Quaker Arts 2010

  • Most Original - Carnegie Art Center 2010

  • 2nd Place - Quaker Arts 2006 

  • Honorable Mention - Quaker Arts 2004

 

Galleries 

  • Burchfield Penney Art Center 2009

  • Bufffalo History Museum - 2011

  • School House Gallery - 2014 to present

 

Affiliations 

  • Roycrofters-at-Large Association - Vice President 2015 & show chair

  • Roycroft Renaissance Master Artist 2014 - Present

  • Roycroft Renaissance Mark Artist 2010 - Present

  • Roycrofters-at-Large Association Board Member 2011 - Present

  • International Society of Glass Beadmakers  Member since 2002 - Present 

  • Roycrofters-at-Large Association - Patron Membership since 2006 - Present

  • Self Representing Artist 2010 - Present