"While I grew up in the Puget Sound area, I have lived in Alaska for over 30 years. I moved to Anchorage to start my career as an advertising art director. I went back to school and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with emphases in painting and graphic design from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2000.
I fell in love with beads in 2001 while working on my first piece, a beaded suitcase. The bead embroidery technique I use most is called two-needle couching, a stitch used by Native Alaskans to embellish their beautiful traditional attire. Being a former painter, I enjoy creating most of my beadwork with this stitch because it is the closest thing to paintingówithout the mess."