Although I've always drawn, painted and played around with color and design, I started experimenting with textiles intently in 1994.
In 1999, I began a serious study of art cloth in the Surface Design program at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio, under the mentorship of artist Jane Dunnewold.
Since 2004, I've been privileged to teach surface design, silkscreening, color theory, embroidery and more to students at the Austin Museum of Art School, Dougherty Art Center, Studio 1408, and now The Stitch Lab, in Austin, Texas.
Discovering and studying textile art has changed my life for the better, so helping others find their way -- even (especially) when they think they "aren't creative" -- is deeply gratifying.
My textile work has been exhibited in a number of venues, including the Houston International Quilt Show, the Minnesota State Quilt Forum, Rockport Center for the Arts, and Textures Gallery in San Antonio.
In addition to artwork and teaching, I enjoy doing yoga, hanging out with my family, listening to music, reading voraciously, spending too much time online, looking at art, taking photographs, watching movies, dreaming of the desert, drinking coffee at Cherrywood Coffeehouse, and spending time talking and laughing with my many beloved friends.
I'm a native Texan, with degrees in American Studies and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. I live with my husband, Luke Torn, our son, Carter, dog Jasper, and cat Charlotte.