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I grew up in Everett, WA and went to the U of W where I met my husband John; we married in 1959. In our first year he went to the Olympics and won a gold medal in rowing and we moved to Mackinac Island where we worked with MRA, a semi religious organization and traveled all over the world. MRA evolved into “Up with People”. John continued to travel as a director and I stayed home with our four children.
It was during this time that I learned to love to cook. Because we were surrounded by people from all over the world, I became interested in the different foods they ate and had fun experimenting. At the same time I was trying to feed my family of six on a budget and began adapting recipes, using turkey instead of pork, chicken or veal. My friend, Kristie Alm joined me and together we produced our book, Turkey the Bird for all Seasons and became the noon show hosts on KIRO for three years. It was such a surprise that the book was so successful; we never dreamed we would sell out our first 10,000 printing, let alone three more printings- 50,000 total!
I started painting in the early seventies – at first watercolors and then acrylics, which I favor now. Painting became my passion along with gardening. For me they are the same – just different pallets. For many years I painted mostly florals and landscapes and gradually grew into some abstract work. I love all kinds of subjects and styles. The key to it all is color, composition and light. I also started doing outdoor paintings on sign board. It was fun for a while, but began to feel like production art.
Our move to Anacortes has been a dream come true. We found a wonderful home with a view of the water, a beautiful garden and even a dock! Along with friends and neighbors, we started a little gallery, which folded after three years because we wanted to “do art” not manage a gallery. Now, I am focused my love of art and gardening. I have been inspired by Morris Graves and Peggy Zierling and also by the many artist friends in the area. It has been fun experimenting with textures – rice paper, molding paste, etc. and learning to let the paint lead the way. I look forward to many more years of painting.