Biography

I was born in Tokyo during the American Occupation of Japan. My parents came back to the States when I was a year and a half old. I first set foot in Wyoming at that age and I must have imprinted on this landscape. My father would then make a career with the State Department, so I and my siblings grew up overseas. For high school I attended a boarding school in Vermont. Later I studied drawing, painting and sculpture off and on for several years at the Art Students League of New York, and eventually shared a studio with 5 other sculptors on Bleeker Street. All this time, however, I always knew that my true home was Wyoming. Eventually I moved with my photographer husband to Cody, Wyoming, where we have made our home ever since. 

We live in town with a flock of chickens, but have a retreat in the mountains beyond the reach of cellphones or electricity. We rent studio space to other artists and are part of Cody's low-key artistic community. My primary artistic subject has always been the horse. I never tire of their beauty, and we have owned several wonderful individual horses over the years. I enjoy drawing any type of animal, and recently got the opportunity for some on site wildlife sketching in Kenya. 

I have sculpted in many different materials, but my favorites have been stone, clay and plaster. Fortuitously, Cody is home to a small fine-art foundry, so I have translated many of my sculptures to bronze. Though most of my work has been in the round, I am also intrigued by the possibilities presented by releifs. I am gradually getting better at translating my drawing skills into clay relief plaques which I can then cast in plaster. So far my reliefs have been quite realistic compared to my sculpture in the round, which is more stylized or abstracted. I try to convey something of my concept of the spitrit of my animal subject. Close scrutiny of living animals will always be the basis of my process.