photo credit: Claremont CourierMany travels to visit folk artists in Mexico, Central and South America have influenced my work. I observed folk artists using the material that were at hand. The colorful environment influences colors and designs.

Paper is my primary material. The pieces are constructed on a wooden armature. I then apply the paper to lightweight cardboard to give the pieces form. In order to give the piece strength, it is stuffed with newspaper.

The textiles and pottery I have collected from Latin American countries inspire the colors, designs and textures used in my art.

I see the work as whimsical and containing the best of life.