Figurescape #1 (tenuous climb) is a metaphor for my life journey. I have strived to find the balance between reaching out to the world and staying safe inside, between expressing myself and protecting myself, remaining whole while functioning in the world.
In my journey in the outer world, I have pursued a variety of professional and educational endeavors. I have been self-employed and partnered with my husband. I have worked in small companies and large corporations, non-profits, academia, and government agencies. I have been an accountant, an editor, an ethnographer, researcher, teacher, and musician. I have managed food co-ops, retreat centers, and yoga studios. My undergraduate degree is in ethnomusicology and my master’s is in interdisciplinary humanities. I grew up in Wisconsin, along Lake Michigan, and lived and worked in the east coast from Maryland to Florida and the West Coast from Oregon to Northern, Central and Southern California. I have enjoyed the Phoenix and now the Tucson deserts.
All of these experiences have informed my creative work and through these experiences I have learned two things about myself.
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I am most fulfilled when working with my hands. . .
Although I have enjoyed tripping over clarinet keys or stumbling over guitar strings, molding clay, manipulating wood, or weaving, stitching, crocheting, knitting, or knotting fibers, the most fulfilling is pouring, fingering, pulling and pushing colors in various mediums over multitudes of textured substrates.
I am fascinated by boundaries. . .
They are places where sea becomes sand, flat land hills, woodlands grasslands, and prairies deserts; cultures mix and lines are blurred giving rise to the guiding questions“what for?” and “what if?”