After years of living, working, and traveling
all over the world, I have “retired” to the peace and beauty of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Surrounded by mountains, lakes, trees,
a view from the house up a long valley
into Canada, with moose, deer, elk, bear,
and cougars, it is a natural place
to be for continued creativity.
Having been a lettering artist,
a fine detail painter, and an instructor
of calligraphic lettering, art and design
for over 35 years, this venture into working with copper, fold forming and creating
wall art of copper and semi-precious stones has opened up an entirely new art endeavor for me.
An integral part of my artistic journey
has been the study and practice of line,
form, shape, positive and negative space, consistency, rhythm, and freedom.
I had dabbled a little in jewelry making
and decided to take a two week class
in Taos, New Mexico,
from Marilynn Nicholson, who introduced me to a book called “Fold Forming”
by Charles Lewton-Brain.
A class with him in Calgary, Canada, followed. I was hooked.
The transition to fold forming
and pounding metal occurred almost naturally. It incorporates years of experience
in calligraphic design into a new medium. Working with metal and letting it find
its sense of feeling and form
without a contrived or forced plan
The metal gets to speak for itself.
Mistakes become new beginnings
and new paths.
Charles said in a class recently,
“If you make a mistake three times in a row,
it becomes a technique.”
I have a Masters Degree
in Psychology and Counseling
and am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor specializing in suicide intervention, disaster and trauma counseling.
I am also a disaster mental health counselor for the American Red Cross.
Currently, I am a member of the Paradise Valley Fire District and the Local Emergency Planning Committee in Bonners Ferry.
My husband is from England and is an internationally-recognized lettering artist,
fine artist, teacher of graphic design
and is author of two books,
“Historical Scripts” and “Historical Types".
We live with two kittens named The Terrorists.