Early Influences

An elderly lady named Miss Leach was my first sewing teacher. She traveled by bus around Portland carrying suitcases of supplies to different neighborhood homes teaching sewing classes to young children like me. I was in my element. Sitting on the floor, we learned embroidery stitches on small projects; soon, I created hand-sewn garments that I proudly wore to school while I was awed they ever held together!

Other influences included: my grandpa Oscar, a tailor (who always wore a bow tie and fedora), my grandma Ann who shared her sense of style with me when shopping for school clothes, my adopted grandma Bernice who loved sewing for others, and my Home Ec. and art teachers, Mrs. French and Mrs. Borden, who encouraged independent classroom work and somehow loved high school students. I also learned tailoring skills many years ago at OSU which are still invaluable.



  • MS Degree, Oregon State University, Apparel Interiors Housing & Merchandising (1995)
  • BS Degree, Oregon State University, Clothing Textiles and Related Arts, (1975)
  • Linn Benton Community College overseas program in Florence, Italy (art classes, Fall term 2006)
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft (fiber courses, summer 2003, '04, '05)



  • Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting (Nov. 11 & 14 2010)
  • Benton County Historic Museum (present)
  • Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR (present)
  • The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR (present)
  • Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR  (Fiber Art Now, Apr-May 2010)
  • Philomath Open Studios art tour and sale, Philomath, OR (2003-present)
  • Local 14 Show, Portland, OR  (2008, 2009)
  • Oregon State University, LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, OR (2010)
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR  (Holiday shows '04, '05, '08)
  • Widney Moore Gallery, Portland, OR  (2004)
  • Wild Rose Gallery, Philomath (2003)