Raised in a large family of engineers, artists, architects and builders in New Jersey, I was always encouraged to make things. I learned to sew at eight and started painting in college. After earning a degree from FIT in NYC, I started my own interior design business at 24. Seventeen years and my own whole house remodel later, I packed up everything I owned and drove across the country in a van full of cats, and settled in Tucson, Arizona. After several months of pondering my next move, I met and adopted a slinky black cat, Maggie, in a cat shelter and began to draw and paint my six cats. Those cat portraits turned into several different lines of cat cards and prints. My mediums are watercolor, colored pencil and ink.
In addition to my cat fetish, I am a fondler of fabrics, and taught classes in a fabric store I managed for about five years. I love pattern, color and texture and am always looking for fabrics that will make interesting designs when cut and pieced. Trying to come up with class project ideas led to all kinds of pillow designs including my appliqued and hand embroidered cat face pillows and round ball pillows. Totes and backpack purses for women followed. After years of making totes and pillows from designer fabrics, I started designing my own fabrics and now have a line of cat totes and cat pillows. Lately, I have branched out into other forms of fabric art.