A native of the former West Germany, I immigrated to North Carolina 45 years ago. Over a 20 year period I volunteered for several organizations and institutions, including Catawba Co. 4-H, Catawba Co. Schools, the Hickory Museum of Art, and Lenoir-Rhyne College in various capacities, such as youth leader, art docent, and competition judge. In 1991 I was instrumental in co-founding the Hickory Writers Group. Since 1998 I have been registered on the roster of the Mountain Arts Program and have served numerous residencies as writer and book artist in western North Carolina schools. In 2005, I was accepted to the roster of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Art in Education program, and in 2008 I gained acceptance to the ArtStart program and subsequently the ASC Educator Provider Directory in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Some of my prose and poetry has been published in magazines and journals, such as 4-H Leader, Junior Trails, My Friend, Branches, and Sanctuary. In addition, I served as co-editor for Out of Their Minds, a 1995 collection of prose and poetry written by members of the Hickory Writers Group. In 2003 I was chosen as an Elizabeth Daniels Squire Writer-in-Residence at Peace College.
I have taught numerous artist book workshops for organizations and institutions, including the Turchin Center in Boone, Hickory Museum of Art, Girl Scouts, 4-H, John C. Campbell Folk School, and many more.
In 2007, the South Carolina Alliance for Art Education awarded me a scholarship to a teaching artist seminar with Randy Baron. The United Arts Council of Catawba County has also awarded seven Innovative Artist Grants to me to implement the community projects Capturing Creativity (2005), Shapes of War (2008), three high school residencies (2010), and numerous elementary school residencies (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), which integrated writing with book arts. In addition, I received a Regional Artist Grant (2006) to study papermaking at Penland School for the Arts, a grant from the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg enabled my participation in the weeklong Lincoln Center Institute’s International Educator Workshop in August 2011, and a grant from the NC Arts Council paid for tuition for the Lincoln Center Institute’s International Advanced Educator Workshop in July 2012.