About

My Mission:  Guide others on an artFULL path!

I am an artist and teacher in Delta Township, Eaton County, having relocated from New Jersey to Michigan  in 2000. My academic background is in fiber, having earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in studio art. I use mixed media collage as my primary expression, incorporating fiber, yarn and fabric along with stitching and glueing.  Love of color, pattern, texture and a sense of humor infuses my artwork.  I have displayed and marketed my art work in numerous regional shows and sales.   I am motivated by repurposing nontraditional materials into new and unexpected fabrics and objects.

As a librarian, I enjoy incorporating bits and pieces from books and magazines into mixed media collages.  In 2007 I began focusing on mandalas and radial designs in collages.  Researching mandalas online one day led me to “Zendalas” created from “Zentangle®.” I was seriously intrigued and began looking around at Zendalas and tangled patterns.  Zentangle is a meditative and soothing approach to drawing patterns on a variety of surfaces, starting simply with pen and paper.  I quickly realized that I wanted to combine my extensive teaching experience of arts and crafts with Zentangle.

In 2012 I was awarded the Chris Clark Fellowship from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. I traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, to train with the founders of Zentangle, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  They opened my eyes to a fresh way of utilizing drawing and art skills along with inner growth and spiritual practice.  This was a life changing seminar for me!  Zentangle has greatly impacted my creative life providing me with inspiration in my artwork where I use much more drawing to express ideas.  The emphasis on patterns truly feeds off of my previous textile design experience. Consequently, I work to include drawn and painted patterns within collage pieces.

Contact me at retreadart@gmail.com

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