Felt-Based/Mixed Media and 3-D Artwork: Creating connection and stability through my work and relationships is fundamental. Working in a hardened, relief format aids in articulating that stability. I moved around a lot as a child and that had an impact on a lot of levels. While I have lived many places, three stand out as major influences. Using a plant metaphor: my roots are in both Hawaii and the Puget Sound area, my crown is in Georgia, and my heart is in all three. Marine environments and forests are the substrate, expressive movement and eastern philosophy, the connective tissue; and long-evolving, valued friendships with amazing artists and craftspeople, my nourishment. I begin to see that “net”-works and their re-forging, along with shelter and terrain (both interior and exterior), are emerging themes in my work (even in the choice of surface pattern in the more functional pieces).