Native to Saratoga Springs, New York, at the south end of the Adirondack Mountains, I had a passion for the outdoors and animals. I was always sketching and studying animals and people, looking at hair patterns, facial features, muscles and overall structure.
In 1981, I moved to Oklahoma and married Mark. I immediately fell in love with the Oklahoma animals, landscape and people. But, I needed an outlet to capture my desire to create. I began working in 3-D with mosaics, wire and beaded art that was sold at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery in Estes Park, Colorado for several years. That wasn’t enough!
I took my first sculpture class in 2007 from good friend and mentor, Rosalind Cook. My boys were out of the house and I had time to pursue my passion to create. I was still working full-time and wasn't able to devote all my time to sculpting until 2012. Sculpting awoke an entirely new part of my creativeness. Wanting to capture realistic figures, clay became an extension of my fingers. Now, sculpting evokes memories and feelings of moments and relationships.
To paraphrase Isaiah 64:8, “I am the clay and You are the potter; I am the work of Your hands.” I love to think how much God, our Creator, loved art and design!
There is a song by Julie Meyer called “Paint your Picture” and one part says, “Take Your fingers, God, Master Potter, come mold the clay. Tell Your story as You mold me. . .” My desire is to get so close to the Creator, that my sculpting truly tells a part of His story!
For me, to be able to take a piece of a scene and recreate it into a tangible work of art is a joy! I know that I was created for this!
Gerald Balciar, Rosalind Cook, Eugene Daub, Lincoln Fox, Jim Franklin, Raymond Gibby, Gary Hale and Vala Ola.
2018 - Women Artists of the West 48th National Exhibition- 1st Place 3D, Bartlesville, OK; American Women Artists Spring Online Show
2017 - 4th Place, Sculpture in the Osage; Honorable Mention, Sculpture in the Osage; Honorable Mention - AWA online Show
2016 – Wine & Jazz Festival, Tulsa; Designed four ornaments for 1) Preserving Arts in the Osage 2) Pawhuska Merchants Association (Historic Building) and 3) Tallgrass Art Gallery; Art of the West - 2017 Guidebook to Art
2014 – Oklahoma Sculpture Society – Winner of Statewide Medallion Competition
2013 – Sapulpa Arts Route 66 Art Show & Sale – 1st Place Sculpture
The Market at Walnut Creek, Tulsa, OK
My life story/biography wouldn't be the same without including being married for 37 years to Mark, having two married sons and three amazing grandchildren. We love fly-fishing, kayaking and time with grandkids.
I have worked on the Ben Johnson monumental sculpture in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Women Artists of the West (WAOW) Associate, American Plains Artists, American Women Artists, National Sculpture Society, Oklahoma Sculpture Society, Tulsa Artist Guild and Preserving Arts in the Osage