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My fiber art work has been featured in many national and international juried exhibitions and publications.  On September 28, I received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award from The San Jose Rotary Club one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the World.

Having been the recipient of the NICHE Award in 2009 and again in 2015 with my fiber artwork "Contemplate"; juried into Quilt National and 9th Quilt Nihon, I am naturally excited about receiving the Emerging Artist Award.

Bruce Hoffman, formerly Director of the Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. describes her work "Simple, powerful, successful: Design and craftsmanship working together."  All words every artist is waiting to hear.

Check out my latest interview about living the artistic life in San Jose, Ca. 

Currently I am working on a continuation of my Family series. The new series titled "Through the Eyes of a Child", is about working from family photos. A memoir of the same title is in progress right now. I preface the conundrum question of "do we know our family, do they know us"? More information and pictures to follow soon.  You can view my current family series under the title "Family" in the far right column.

The  "Swimming Upstream" installation was created from the experience I had from a work related injury that left me using a wheel chair for over eighteen months.  Finally, able to exercise again I started swimming and after a period of time was able to quit using the wheelchair and depend solely on myself. 
One day as I was leaving the swimming pool I realized that this has been my life "swimming upstream".  After completing the first artwork it became apparent that most people are trying to swim upstream in their life.  Whether it be their personal or professional life, we all want the same thing "to succeed at what we started".  My book "Swimming Upstream a Memoir" is now for sale and can be ordered on the web site or by contacting me at
The series was Honored on June 19, 2013 by Voters Injured at Work, San Jose, California 
Recently, interviewed by Lesley Riley @ Art & Soul Radio and I spoke a lot about the swimming artworks and where the idea originated from.
Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing one of my artworks. Information and prices are on the web pages. I also schedule gallery talks about the Swimming Upstream series, contact me at,
All works are approximately 65h x 35w, you may also commission any size that would fit your needs! You may contact me through the contact page on this web site.
#5 in the swimming series shows me tethered to the side of the pool, sometimes traveling through life it feels good to just hold on to something, feeling grounded.
Traveling thru life I sometimes need to be tethered to something. Fiber Art, Textiles, Art, Swimming