I am a native Texan. I grew up in Bryan/College Station and moved to Huntsville, Texas to go to college; where I received a BFA in studio art/ceramics and MA in drawing and printmaking from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. My mother and grandmother introduced me to textiles at an early age and started making doll clothes at the age of five. I grew up in a time when sewing was a necessity. I made the majority of my clothing through elementary and high school.
I was introduced to fiber arts in school, when art was included in the curriculum. Through the years I realized that although I explored many different art media, I was always incorporating textiles into my work. Clay pieces typically featured fabric textures or seemed to transform to have the look of leather. Printmaking also featured textures derived from fiber.
In 2006, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which changed my life and perspective. During my recuperation I created 27 small holiday wall pieces for family members. The rediscovery of working in cloth brought it all back home. Utilizing those early sewing skills, coupled with the techniques and skills learned in college have given me the freedom to dive into working in cloth. Focusing on studio quilts instead of the more traditional quilt form has been an enjoyable experience.