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Serigraph with color ink drawing on top. 1974.

     I began serious studio work with enamels in the early 1970’s. I have taught college classes and workshops, and have exhibited widely both nationally and internationally to the present.

    In 1985, I started Apa Ini, a folk art gallery in Portland, Oregon. For the next 20 years I traveled extensively in SE Asia and Turkey, and was a dealer in ethnographic and tribal arts/crafts. During that time my personal work evolved in many different directions from making masks and life-size puppets in Bali to continuing work in small scale sculpture and jewelry.

    In 2005 I returned to full-time studio work in enamels and metals.


Biography:

• Graduated BA, Miami University of Ohio 1966; MA in printmaking. Ohio University. 1968.

• Moved to Portland Oregon 1970, and working in enamel as primary art medium since 1972.

• Full time faculty Mt. Hood Community College, 1972—1985. Head of printmaking department. Taught metals and developed and taught enameling.

• Lectured and taught enameling workshops all over the US and in Canada & Japan.

• Numerous one-woman and group exhibitions, worldwide from 1972.

• Traveled extensively in Asia and Eastern Europe since 1981. 1985—2005 owned Apa Ini, dealing in fine and unusual handmade, ethnographic objects from various countries.

•  From 2005, full-time studio artist

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