Artist Statement: Visual Art I am a Native American Indian mixed blood artist and I have been doing beadwork and carving stone for more than 30 years. I create one of a kind pipestone pipes, effigies and sterling silver and pipestone jewelry. My art is an essential part of who I am as a person and is an important connection to my heritage. Teaching & Art Workshops As a preschool teacher for more than 12 years and a presenter for more at 20 years I am uniquely qualified to do presentations and workshops for all ages. I do presentations and workshops on Native American arts & crafts in schools and for organizations all over the world, which integrate my Native American Indian dance, culture, stories and history. I have always learned best when I could be engaged in my learning so I wanted to provide fun, hands on and engaging ways for others to learn. Education: I have an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education From lane Community College in Eugene Oregon. Worked as a mentor and earned college credits at the University of Anchorage Alaska. Took college classes in business at the University of Minnesota Pipestone Campus. I was the kid drawing in all my classes in school I used art as a way to escape the homelessness, poverty and stress in my childhood. I had many teachers throughout the years and had been invited to a privet art school when I was in 5th grade. Despite the fact that I had been given a full scholarship my mother could not provide or afford the transportation. When I was in college I took a class in black and white photography and an independent study in drawing where I illustrated a children’s book as a final project for both the art class and one of my early childhood classes.