I Currently, I own a small one-woman business in central Illinois selling paper quilled artwork. Before this, I studied electronic engineering and worked as an electronic technician at Motorola in Chicago. After returning home, I became a full-time homeschool mom. About the time my daughter became interested in woodturning, I received a book on how to do paper quilling. Quilling looked like an interesting art, so I decided to teach myself. I started by using patterns to perfect my technique but quickly branched out into creating my own designs. Even though most of my time and energy was devoted to my daughter's education and helping with her business, I continued to practice and become more proficient at quilling. After my daughter graduated, I started participating in juried art fairs and selling my artwork. Now, each year, my daughter and I share a new adventure traveling the art fair circuit in Illinois.
Although it's sometimes difficult for me to get into juried art fairs because people don't know what quilling is, jurors have begun to recognize quilling as an art form. In 2012, I received honorable mention at the Art Spectacular in Springfield, Illinois and was awarded 1st place in my category at the Arts in the Park in Decatur, Illinois.
I was the focal point of a feature article in the State Journal Register.
I was also featured in an article published in the Decatur, Illinois Harold and Review about new artists exhibiting at the 2011 Arts in the Park.
As a member of the North American Quilling Guild I have received numerous awards, including a Best of Show, at the conventions over the years.
I continue to learn new quilling techniques and incorporate these into new and different artwork