I have lived my whole life in Portland, Oregon. Raised in a family of artists, always surrounded by art and design. My father was an architect and painter who frequently invited other architects and artists for dinners and parties to our home. My first childhood encounters with “love” beads and sketchbooks. Also, had a glamorous art history/librarian aunt who collected ivory, amber, trade, and art glass beads by many glass artists friends in the 60s and 70s Northwest Washington art scene. Add a mother who was a calligrapher and could sew and design anything. Our household was always knee deep in art projects. Trained in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Received my BA in Art & Business from Lewis & Clark College. Worked as an Art Director/Illustrator during the 80s and 90s. Have continued to work in illustration to the present. Have illustrated 16 books and many gift/ad campaigns over the years. Started working in polymer clay and metal in the late 80s. Designing jewelry with metal, polymer clay, and other mixed media became a way to continue sculpting in a smaller format and explore my lifelong fascination with beads. Won three Saul Bell Design competitions and other numerous awards. Have contributed to many art and craft books, taught classes, and shown in various galleries and museums. Combining media of varied value, lots of color, and different emotional connections into a piece that resonates to the viewer is my goal. Using old and new, expensive and cheap, silly or dark, hopefully forms complex layers of meaning and value.