Always drawn to the decorative arts, I started woodworking as soon as I could, entering high school at that moment when shop classes opened to female students. I took woodshop at John Adams High School in Portland, Oregon, and continued at San Francisco State University, under the inspiring tutelage of John Kassay and Robert Treanor.
I have had a variety of woodworking jobs -- building museum exhibits, doing architectural millwork, and, mostly, in high-end kitchen cabinetry. In 1998 I established my own cabinet shop. After many custom projects, large and small, I return to the type of woodworking that delights me most, constructing freestanding domestic cabinetry, traditional forms revisited and freely reinterpreted. First is that homiest of all cabinets, The Pie Safe.