I apprenticed as a woodcarver at Reed Bros. furniture in Sebastopol, CA. in the 90s. Under the direction of Duncan Reed, Jason Todd, and Paul Hampton; I was taught to carve high relief, Jacobean inspired designs. These Master carvers were students of Alfred Durney, an apprentice of Charles Marshall Sayres. Sayres led the Carmel, California School Of Woodcarving in the `20s. There are few remaining woodcarvers left to pass on this traditional skill set and I am grateful and proud to have had the opportunity to bring forward in some small way, this amazing craft.
Since those early years I have had the good fortune to work in a wide range of mediums. My father had a company that built sets, signs and props. I transitioned from exclusively carving furniture, to technical drawing, graphic design, commercial art, and more currently have been leaning into teaching. My side obsession right now are community maker spaces. Polymath-Creatives Unite!
I live in Sonoma County with my husband Joel. We once owned a small sheep cheese business. Today our sheep dairy has been repurposed into a shop/office where we now collaborate on fabrication projects.