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After retiring in 1990 from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, I had a burning desire to fulfill two “hobbies” I had wanted to do for years: watercolors and stained glass.  I enrolled in classes for each subject, but much to my dismay I learned I couldn’t draw. In the meantime the glass bug had bitten me hard.

After watching numerous shows on PBS with Vicki Payne, my nephew’s wife bought me a tiny kiln for the microwave for Christmas.  That’s all it took.  The arthritis in my hands was prohibiting me from continuing to do stained glass, so kiln-fired glass was right up my alley.  After moving to Punta Gorda in 1994, I bought my first large kiln and you might say “the rest is history.”


I am a member of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, Charlotte County Art Guild and serve as vice president of the Sculpture Society of SW Florida.  A wide variety of my creations can be seen at Creator’s Touch in Laishley Marina next to the Crab House and at Florida Gulf Coast University in Punta Gorda.