As a native of New Mexico, growing up on a ranch and farm, I have always had an affinity for the spirituality in nature. As a small child, when my dad would plow a field close to the house, I would lay in the furrows to smell the wonderful aroma of the plowed earth. I would go to the hay fields to smell and feel the newly mown hay.
I have 40 years’ experience making art. My main media is clay. Using the slab method, which is one of the oldest techniques for making vessels, my pottery is hand built. I love texture. My designs and textures are achieved by inlaying crocheted doilies, antique laces, wooden and clay stamps—literally anything that will create a texture!
I feel a deep affinity with the Native beliefs I learned growing up in New Mexico. I have an appreciation of Mother Earth, Father Sky, and a kinship with all living creatures. Creating beautiful, hand-built pieces of art is a spiritual meditation for me.
I am a master designer, and inspiration usually comes when my hands are in the clay. In the past, I made my living selling my pottery while traveling to shows across the United States and by supplying galleries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Estes Park, Colorado; and Sedona, Arizona. When I finally settled in Trinidad and opened Southwest Legacy Gallery, I was able to spend more time in the studio and produce more creative pieces.
Living in Trinidad and moving into a new studio with my daughter—along with living with the mountains, the river, the pinons and junipers, and Fisher’s Peak—are nurturing for me and all creative souls. I believe my art and spirituality have grown here.