I was born and raised in Marion Iowa. I am a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The appreciation of nature and the connection of all things has always been at the forefront of my life. Basketry became very important to me after visiting the Hopi and Navajo reservations. The beauty and the relationship of their art to the world around them was so apparent and resonated with me. I am self taught. The ideas for each basket just come to me. Typically there is no pattern to work from. I thank God for guiding me and bringing basketry into my life.