I have always identified as an artist, (I remember career day in 2nd grade, wearing my beret and smock, brush and palette in hand) and earned a BFA in Visual Arts (painting and printmaking), but when people ask what I do, it's not that simple.  I was so pleased when the word maker came into common usage, because it describes me perfectly.  I’m a painter, a sculptor, a cake designer, but I also sew clothes, costumes and accessories, draw house portraits, embroider pillows, build clubhouses and simple machines and throw ceramic bowls.  Next I'd like to design dresses, build furniture and animate films. In my commissioned work, I aim to construct personalized pieces that capture memories, and am most satisfied knowing I've touched someone by getting the details right.   I'm thrilled by new processes and materials, and hope to never make the same thing twice.