Both my parents were professional singers, music educators, and entertainers. I didn't choose music as a career but have played the flute for 50 years. I chose art. I loved art classes in high school and majored in textiles in early college, but graduated with a degree in Art History and a minor in Art. I fell into the medium of stained glass, quite by chance. I took a class when I was recovering from a motorcycle accident in 1978 and found I had quite the knack for handling glass. The colors and what you could do with it just fascinated me. I worked for a glass production studio in Estes Park, Colorado in 1978, and although I loved making windows, I found them to be cumbersome. I thought of what I could make that would sell easily and be artistic. Boxes! I knew that women loved jewelry boxes, so I went with that. It took a while to figure out how to stop the solder from running away from me, but after 39 years of making these, I've got it down. I love combining found objects, pictures, postcards and seashells into my work. Lately, I've been making what I refer to 'crazy quilt' boxes. Lots of colors just pieced together. There's no end to how creative you can be with glass. I've tried other mediums, but this is my favorite.
I'm a bus driver for the Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer and fall months as well as a cook at a bed and breakfast here in Estes Park, Colorado. I have a special affection for the town of Lindsborg. Always have. I'm Swedish, maybe that's why!