Basketry is a form of meditation for me and a way to express a connection with my environment. While I often weave or coil with natural materials, I also love the color and energy of trash art. Using recycled materials helps me to infuse emotion, humor and message into my art. A walk through my garden, a hike in the woods, a stroll on the beach, or even a trip to the thrift store or recycle center is transformed into an exploration and treasure hunt for materials for my work.
In 2002, after many years enjoying knitting, crochet, spinning and loom weaving, I took a basketry class at MAC. Soon after, I joined the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild. In 2006, I began showing and selling my baskets at two galleries as well as in many craft shows, both in the Portland area and at the Oregon coast. In 2014, I retired from selling my work on a regular basis, but still enjoy weaving when the inspiration strikes.