I began my creative life as a studio artist at the University of Montana Art Department. I earned my B.A. in 1998 and decided to change my focus from painting to stained glass as a career. My real glass education began when I accepted an apprenticeship with Bordeleau Glass in Sun Valley, Idaho. I was trained in the fabrication of stained glass for windows and doors. This education continued back in Missoula, Montana where I was an assistant fabricator for several large stained glass commissions for public buildings as a result of the federal Percent for Art Program. With this extensive background in large scale stained glass assembly and my own original designs I set up my own glass studio. In 2004 I received a scholarship to attend the Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle. There I focused on sandblast etching as an additional element to add to my glass work. I am also a member of the Artists’ Shop, an artist run co-op in Missoula, where my work can be purchased locally.