I've been making artist books for the past five years.
My passion began with a single class at our community college where I was introduced to the beauty, physicality and easy accessibility of the book arts. I had been working for the previous 20 years as a marketing/communications consultant for non-profits and had let go of my love of artmarking, so it was a joy to arrive at class every week and reclaim that part of myself.
Soon after, I got hired, quite unexpectedly, as an art instructor at the Cedars Fine Art Studios, a non-profit supporting adults with developmental disabilities in Marin County, California. It was there that, while putting put my newfound skills to work on behalf of the Cedars artists, I discovered the limitless nature of bookmaking. The results were beautiful and exciting - over 50 diverse mixed-media books, many of which have been exhibited, honored and sold. You can see examples in the Collaboration section.
Three years ago I began creating my own mixed-media books in earnest. Using found images, papers and objects that I alter in various ways, my books are atmospheric works inspired by memories, personal journeys (both internal and external) and discovered imagery.