I always loved to draw and paint but it when I was taught how to batik in 7th grade (age 12) at RHS by Ms. Carlisle that my passion for art really took off. I liked batik so much that I continued doing it through jr. and high school. I won some art competitions with my pieces, so I decided to study art in college. I was also alpine ski racing at the time, trying to make the US Olympic Team, so I jumped around colleges a bit studying art at BCC and WSU before learning that I was not going to make the Olympic Team (Alas 6th place at the Jr. Olympics in both days of the GS was not good enough). During this time I also learned that batik is part of the fiber arts curriculum. I transferred to ASU, where there was a really good fiber Arts Dept. run by Janet Taylor and Claire Versteggen and received a BFA in Fiber Arts from ASU-I actually won the fiber artist of the year award the year I graduated. At ASU, I learned how to paint and dye silk and loved that I didn’t have to iron the wax out like I did with batik and have been painting on silk ever since. I returned to Seattle after ASU and taught for quite a while (Art Programmer, Old Firehouse Teen Center in Redmond. Art Director, Kirkland Redmond B & G Clubs. Art Instructor for City of Issaquah, City of Redmond, City of Everett, City of Marysville).
I got married, wanted medical insurance, and applied to several full-time jobs involving kids/teens. I got hired at Snohomish County Superior Court at DJJC. And Yay! Part of my job included helping kids achieve the community service hours required by their court orders, and they wanted me to do art with them! Dreams were answered. So I started the Blanche Miller Art Exhibition with the help of DJJC Managers and matched kids up with artist mentors (including Jack Gunter, Susan Russell, Fish Sticks Basketry, Teresa Redd, Edmund Smith and others), and took the kids art on the road to get them to go places they might not normally go to follow their art including: Libraries, Colleges, County buildings and administration offices.
I resigned from the court in 2016 after my mom died from cancer, to pursue art full time, and here I am:) I really am living my dreams.