Me on a winter's walk with Judson
I live in the valley of the North Toe River in a little hamlet called Toecane, where the Toe River and Cane Creek come together. Toecane is Northeast of Asheville, NC, off of Highway 226, 1/2 mile from Loafer's Glory.
I've had several occupations throughout life that include theatre design, not-for-profit management, and middle school theatre arts teacher. My husband, glassblower Judson Guérard, and I have lived in the large community of artists in Mitchell and Yancey Counties for over thirty years. During this time we've enjoyed the company of llamas, cats, dogs and the many birds, groundhogs, deer, and other wildlife surrounding our home.
I was inspired to begin making dolls when I studied with the late master doll maker Akira Blount in 1994. For a brief time I made dolls professionally, incorporating my love of storytelling, theatre, and design into contemporary soft sculptures. After developing a chronic illness, I was forced to give up this pursuit, and returned to the world of theatre as a teacher.
I'm once again working in my studio since retirement. My figurative work has included mixed media, needle sculpture, needle felting, and my newest interest, making brooms.
Overlooking the North Toe River