My weaving practice is inspired by traditions, materials, and plants of the American Southwest. I pursued tapestry-weaving techniques at Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, New Mexico and at the Tierra Wools Cooperative, in Los Ojos, New Mexico. Master weavers Eppie Archuleta and Norma Medina have generously shared their family's weaving tradition while mentoring and encouraging me.
I weave on two-treddle/two-harness Rio Grande-style walking looms. My traditional looms were designed and hand-made for me by a New Mexico craftsman using re-worked gears and used lumber.
My professional studies and research include historical maps, photographs, and manuscripts from Western Americana archives. My artistic influences include Scandinavian folk weavers; Finnish designer, Armi Ratia; Bauhaus artists, Anni Albers and Gunta Stolzl; and artists of the Kelmscott Press. I admire the colors and patterns created in Medieval European manuscripts, Books of Hours, and vellum musical notation. My color palette is limited to colors I create using plants I grow and gather in Northern New Mexico.