I am the daughter of a costume jewelry designer and a graphic designer who moved from New York City to the Catskills in the early 1970s where they opened and operated a tavern. My mother raised sheep and spun yarn and hand printed t-shirts for their own and other local businesses. Realizing that the computer was going to be a major tool for artists in the future, the family purchased and became savvy in the use of the first Macintosh computer. I have been surrounded by artisan crafts all my life. I started my formal study of textile design in college, earning a BS in Textile Design from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and have since continued in a career of teaching textile computer aided design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I’m one of the lucky people who found what they loved to do early on and have stuck with it, continuously building on my experiences and my love of textiles and design.

Beyond my experiences of growing up on a small farm in upstate NY, I was able to experience the contrasting climate of the Caribbean through annual winter vacations taken with my family to the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Vieques is a small island, four by twenty one miles, off the south east coast of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. In contrast to the short growing season of the New York region, Vieques has an endless growing season, punctuated by the rainy season which generally runs June to November. The shores are lined with both lava deposits and mangrove swamps, creating rich waters and lush vegetation, which serve as strong visual inspiration in my work. I create my work with the intent of reaching and enlightening a variety of viewers with the beauty that I perceive in the landscape and plants of Vieques.

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