I grew up 15 miles north of Milwaukee in the town of Mequon, Wisconsin, an old mid-western farming community transformed into a suburb during the early 1950's. It was there that I acquired a fascination with nature due to the numerous open fields and woodlands.
In 1985 I began working on my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin Miliwaukee. I majored in painting, drawing and ceramics. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in 1991. I then moved to Austin, Texas to attend graduate school. I received my Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.
I have been working with clay for over 24 years. My work has been included in the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the National Ceramic Competition in San Angelo, Texas and other numerous invitational and juried shows throughout the United States. I have also received various honors, awards and grants throughout my career.
I continue to live and work in Austin, Texas. I have been Adjunct Faculty at the Austin Community College for 11 years. It is there that I teach drawing, design, sculpture and ceramics. I have also taught drawing and ceramics at the Austin Museum of Art. In 2001 and 2003 I was visiting faculty at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005.