Artist Statement

Beading, working with gourds, and making jewelry are now a major part of my life in Riverton, Wyoming. I enjoy working with gemstones, all different types and sizes of beads, as well as making my own glass beads. Beading lets me express myself.  Another beading art form that I create are from locally grown gourds (Horse Creek Gourds, Newell, SD) that are made into purses and cabochons.  These are then accented with beading.  

I use the best quality gemstones, beads, and jewelry findings available.  My inspiration comes from nature and life experiences.  Growing up in Beulah and the Black Hills, I loved being outdoors. Being married for over 35 years now, I have been able to travel and learn many techniques and crafts from all over the United States. I live on the Wind River Indian Reservation and have a love for Native American bead work.  My entire family are artists, from sculptors, carvers, woodworkers, and silversmiths. Their shared experiences and expertise has made me the artist I am today.