About The Artist
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. There is a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than others.” Martha Graham
That “quickening,” that “life force” is a constant energy that surges through my veins and sparks my creativity. I make art because I must. An interesting concept, an unusual form, or a sudden vision can steal me from my duties or awaken me from my dreams. The challenge of creating beauty or complexity from something raw and simple has inspired me to explore a variety of media. However, since 2009 I have become passionate about felting wool. By using wet and dry techniques, laminating gauzy silks to the wool fibers, inlaying embellishments, and blending colored fleece, I create painterly fabrics and unique sculptures. My 37 years as an Obstetrical nurse has deeply informed my art. As in the process of creating life, felting requires strength, calculation, patience, and a sensitive connection to the subtle transformation of the material. My commitments to preserve the environment and protect civil rights often influences my work. My series of naturally distressed American flags emerged from my intense reaction to the past administration’s focus on the destruction of our environment, our civil rights, our constitution, and ultimately our democracy. Six of my felted pieces were inspired by my deep respect for our planet’s water bodies and their delicate, endangered ecosystems. Life is so precious. When nature and our rights are threatened, I believe it is imperative to use my voice as an artist and an activist to protect them.
Although I was born a third generation Irish San Franciscan, I was raised in Santa Barbara until I moved to Berkeley for college. The social unrest of the late 60’s and early 70’s threw me into the Anti-War, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, and spawned my thirst to create art with social consciousness. Being born and raised in California has afforded me the opportunity to explore awe-inspiring mountains, streams, forests, beaches, and our glorious ocean. Subsequently, my love of nature and social responsibility have merged and informed the direction and messaging of my art. After graduating from UCB in sociology, I earned a BSN in Nursing from USF, and became an Obstetrical nurse. Although, I had begun my UCB studies as an art major, I could not afford the supplies, so switched majors to sociology. I continued to expand my passion for art by taking many courses through UC extension, College of Marin, and other independent workshops. I raised three wonderful children in Marin County (my husband helped a little 😉 and continue to explore my artistic direction, fight for social justice and environmental causes, travel, pursue my interests in reading, writing, singing, yoga, hiking, paddling, promoting friendships, and enjoying my extended family. I count my blessings everyday, for my gifts are abundant.
Mixed Media, Sculpture, Fiber, Clothing
Exhibitions & Press
March: “I Choose, Therefore I Am,” Silver Street Studios at Sawyer Yards, Houston, Tx.
November: Fiberdimensions at Villa Marin, San Rafael, CA.
April: “Fiber Arts, “The Expressive and Innovative” O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA.
April: “2020 Vison” Cabrillo Gallery, Second Place Prize Award, Aptos, CA.
Jan/Feb: ” How Are You?” Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA.
January/February: “How Are You?” Art Works Downtown, San
March: “100 Years of Freedom”, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA.
August: “Fiberdimensions at MONCA”, Chico, CA.
December: “Fiberdimensions at Pence Gallery”, Davis, CA.
August: “Green,” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Award: Second Place
July: Marin County Fair, Award: Third Place,Fine Arts,Textiles.
June: “Storytelling, “Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA.
June: “Focus on Fiber,” SFAC, Sacramento, CA. Award: “Most Unusual Wearable.”
May: “Recycle, “Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Brooklyn, NY.
May: “Recycle,” Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Brooklyn, NY.
January: “Fiber,”Artworks Downtown, San Rafael, CA. Highlighted Artist, “Marin Independent Journal.”
September: “Art of the Bra,” Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA.
Juried exhibition and auction supporting women fighting breast cancer.
September: Featured Artist, Blue Line Arts Online Magazine
December: Intersections VI, Fiberdimension, San Francisco, CA.
July: California State Fair, Sacramento, CA. Award of ExcellenceFebruary: Crocker Art Museum presents 5 Award Winners from the Crocker – Kingsley Exhibit
July: “Rivers and Streams,” Healdsburg Art Center, Healdsburg, CA.
August: “Crossroads,” National Juried Exhibition, Awarded Second Place
November: Crocker-Kingsley Exhibit at the Blue Line Gallery, Roseville, CA. (Honorable Mention)
July: Fiber Art from the Bay Area, Blue line Gallery, Roseville, CA.
July: Fiberdimensions at the Bay Model, Sausalito, CA.
July: Fiber Artistry, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA.
April: 43rd International Fiber Art Exhibiton, Olive-Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA.
October, Intersections V, Fiberdimensions at the Presidio, San Francisco
July: Fort Mason Center, ” Green Dimensions” Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
June: “Fiberdimensions at Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
July: ” IntersectionsIV: Fiberdimensions Art Exhibition” San Francisco, CA.
July: ” I Express….” Sonoma State University Library Art Center, Sonoma, CA.
“Nothing New” Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
“3rd Annual Fiber Art Exhibition” Santa Cruz Art League
March: Fiber/Dimensions at the Pence Gallery. Davis, CA.
Intersections III Fiberdimensions Art Exhibition, San Francisco, CA“Fiber Art” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA.
Sept.: “Piece: Fiberworks and Quilts,” Alameda Center for the Arts, Award of Excellence
July: “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” Sausalito, CA.
April: Bay Model. Fiber/Dimensions, Sausalito, CA.
Jan.: DiRosa Preserve Annual Juried Exhibition, Napa CA.
Nov.: “Fiber/Dimensions at Pacifica,” Sanchez Art Gallery, Pacifica, CA.
Nov.: “Craftsmen Extraordinare,” Danville Fine Arts Gallery, Danville, CA.
July: ” The Art Of Politics,” International Invitational, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
May: Oive Hyde Gallery “36th Annual Textile Art Exhibit, International”
April: Intersections II: Fiber/Dimensions Art Exhibition, San Francisco, CA.
Dec.: 16th Annual Open Studios, Schoonmaker Artists, Sausalito, CA.
Nov.: “Far Off the Runway,” V. Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Dec.: 15th Annual Winter Show, Schoonmaker Artists
Oct.: Women’s Work, juried exhibition, Gallery Ophelia, Los Angeles, CA.
Aug.: Visions and Voices, juried exhibition, Sight and Insight Gallery, Mill Valley,CA
March: Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ball, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco
Dec: Visceral Works, Ten Fiber Artists, Sight and Insight Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
Spring: College of Marin Annual Juried Show, Honorable Mention
March: Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ball, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Spring: College of Marin Annual Juried Show
Spring: College of Marin Annual Juried Exhibition
March, 2001: United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
March, 2002: United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Spring, 1993: Seventh Heaven Gallery. San Anselmo, CA
1996-2002: College of Marin Fiber Sculpture
1999-2002: Surface Design
1988-1990: UCLA Extension Fiber Art
1987: Seminar with Master Japanese Papermaker, Yoshi Ikezaki
1983 : ACCE: Cal State Long Beach
1978: B.S. Nursing, University of San Francisco
1973: B.A. Sociology, University of California Berkeley