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     Growing up in East Texas with musicians and educators as parents, the arts were always encouraged and fostered in numerous ways.  I loved to create from an early age and always knew that it was my passion.  The Pineywoods region has definitely attributed to my use of nature as inspiration.  Through beginning art courses at The University of Texas at Tyler, I found my niche in sculpture, specifically metal work and casting.  After receiving my BFA, I continued my studies at Bradley University where I received my MFA and developed the patterns and forms that are more common to my work today.  

   Over the years, I've taught in upstate New York, shown in various exhibitions across the country, and am currently back at The University of Texas at Tyler where I work in the Department of Art and Art History as the Studio Technician.  Making work is a bit more challenging these days as my husband Mike and I are raising our three young daughters, who also love every opportunity to create and get a little messy.

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