As a teen, I made macrame wall hangings, which led to an MFA degree in weaving under the mentorship of Roger K. Thomason, Woven tapestries and off-loom woven sculptures eventually led to my current basketry work.
My palette series utilizes the format of the tobacco basket, a large square shallow basket used to display the product. Because my narrative baskets are displayed on a wall as are paintings, they enable me to literally “paint with reed”.
My three-dimensional series is based upon indigenous fish, crab, eel, and lobster traps in which I incorporate the concepts of captivity, isolation, censorship, and imprisonment. My work incorporates non-basketry materials, including recyclables and castoffs.