While other middle school kids were at summer camp, at age 12, I was attending nude-drawing classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. In high school, I endured cooking lessons in home economics classes just so I could also hone my sewing skills and learn about facings, patterns and buttonholes.
I was a fine arts major at Indiana University and learned silversmithing, as well as drawing and art history. After graduation, I took a job with a graphic designer in Chicago. Nobody wanted to hire women for those jobs, she said. At the same time, she and a friend helped lead camping, canoeing and skiing trips for the American Youth Hostel Association.
My outdoor passions took me to Breckenridge CO before the ski area, Vail or Eisenhower tunnel. In addition to working 2 jobs, I had my own store where I sold my art and the art of other Colorado artists.
At 82, one of my greatest “joys” is my art. I have a fabulous studio where, in addition to drawing, I create abstract fabric wall hangings, bowls, and art to wear clothing. I also do what I call free form crochet where I just let the piece create itself. Instead of carrying a camera on vacation, I capture my experiences through sketching. I love to make birthday cards and an envelope never leaves the house unembellished.
Links to images of my work and a video interview can be found on the back inside cover of this book.
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