Art has always been a passion of mine but I never considered myself to be an artist. With a bachelor in Sociology, a minor in Justice Law and Society, and a partially completed Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, I worked for 12 years in health and human services. Working in the arts and culture arena has been a big transition for me. Through my work as the assistant director of Tomaquag Museum, I have been able to support other Indigenous artists. I have been so inspired by their work and only recently began exploring and experimenting in art for myself thanks to the encouragement of other artists at Tomaquag.
I dabble in writing, storytelling, beading, finger weaving and other traditional arts but only recently took up drawing and painting. I enjoy learning new skills to carry on and share these traditions. I believe it’s extremely important to continue to learn and share our traditional arts for future generations. I may not be a gifted artist, but perhaps someone I share my knowledge with will create great masterpieces one day. I would be so proud to be a part of their success.
I am inspired by the beauty of womanhood and motherhood, love and friendship. I see hair as an expression of femininity and culture so it has become a focal point of my designs. I also create traditional Hubbub Games, Painted Stones, Bookmarks and other textiles with my designs and designs inspired by the traditional basket stamping of Southern New England tribes.