Mosaics found me at the age of 15. Ever since then I have been drawn back to the medium again and again. After finishing a double degree in classical archaeology and photography at San Francisco State University (1995-2000), I signed up with the Peace Corps. In the months before leaving I started teaching workshops and did two public projects in my hometown of Coronado, CA.
I was in the Peace Corps from 2002 to 2004. This was a time of intense learning and growth for me. I was lucky to serve a community in the West African country of Ghana. Officially I was a health education volunteer, but I also found time to work in the arts as well as learn a new language and how to cook Ghanaian food.
Since 2004, I have been working as a professional mosaic artist and teacher. I have facilitated seven large scale mosaic mural collaborations with students and community members, in California, Africa and India. I have created dozens of wall hangings, signs, home installations and several pieces of public art. I am a member of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists); The Universe was featured in the 2010 SAMA catalog and exhibit in Austin, Texas. I am also a member of CMA (Contemporary Mosaic Art). In addition to facilitating and creating mosaics for a living, I have done restoration work as well, including the work of Joseph Young, a mid century California mosaic artist.
I love to travel. I spent a semester in Greece studying classical archaeology. I stayed in Kunming, China for two months helping a friend design a line of jewelry made from recycled chopsticks. I have spent a total of four years in Ghana since 2002. I stayed for several months in Burkina Faso, learning about the art, culture and music of West Africa. I went on an epic 2000 mile cycling journey with my dearest love from Northern Ghana to Western Senegal in the spring of 2006. I spent six weeks in Tema, Ghana, leading a large scale community mosaic mural. I spent the fall of 2012 in Mumbai, India, facilitating a large mosaic mural project at an international school. My better half and I bring groups of teenagers to Ghana and/or India nearly every summer for service adventures. I am always looking out for the next opportunity to combine my love for art and for travel.
I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. I am constantly on the lookout for the most delicious vegetarian dishes across the globe. I value healthy choices as well as stunning flavor. I have recently completed a master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and I am very much interested in incorporating the art, rituals and play of cooking and eating into the field.
I enjoy art in every form. Other media I am conversant in include jewelry design using wire and beads, sculpture, photography, painting & drawing, ceramics, and stained glass. I am influenced by both ancient and modern artists in every medium. Mosaic artists I admire include Niki de St. Phalle, Antonio Gaudi, James Hubbell, and Marc Chagall. Each piece I create teaches me something new and opens my eyes a little bit wider.
I have been sharing my life with my beloved, Ryan, for almost 15 years. We are parents to a hilarious black and white cat named Hobo. I adore yoga, hiking, dinner parties and camping.