Published by blurb.com in 2017. A gift book for a bird or textile lover that's 7" x 7", available in hardcover ImageWrap. The book contains photographs of twenty-one birds hand embroidered by the artist that are often seen and heard on the artist's property in Bucks County, PA.
Published December 2016, Pear Tree Farm: The History of a House in Bucks County, PA
History and Photography Hardbound Book, published by Blurb
2017 -- In the collection of the James A. Michener Art Museum Library and the Spruance Library (Bucks County Historical Society) of the Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA
Mini-Exhibition 2013 on Shifu Art
November 6, 2013 Opening
Bucks County Artists: A Cross-Section (with Paula Chamlee, Alex Cohen, and Deborah Bruns Thomas)
Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College
November 1 - December 15, 2012
I have been an artist and educator for over forty years. I hold an MFA in Fiber Arts/Textiles from Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI. Additional degrees in painting, drawing and printmaking include an MA from the University of Guam, and a BA from the George Washington University and Corcoran School of Art. While living on the island of Guam for sixteen years (1973-89), I spent a cumulative six months in Japan studying traditional hand papermaking that I combined, through five artist-in-education grants, with a study of historical Pacific Island fiber arts. For the purpose of creating handmade tropical fiber paper.
As a certified art teacher I taught in the island's Gifted & Talented public schools' arts program, at the Guam Council on the Arts & Humanities, and the University of Guam, as well as maintaining a freelance illustration and graphic design business (Fine Lines). In 1982 I published my first book, Papermaking in Micronesia, as the first artist known to have made paper from tropical fiber in the western Pacific.
Returning to the mainland USA for an advanced degree, I worked for eight years at Cranbrook (an educational community that helped shape American design), as a student in the Academy of Art (1989-91), then as manager/buyer of books (2,000 titles) and product developer for The Store @ Cranbrook Art Museum (1993-99). This included initiating the Cranbrook Design Center for the sale of student and alumni artwork, and co-coordinating the publication of A History of Cranbrook: A Life Without Beauty Is Only Half Lived.
After Cranbrook, I lived for two years (2000-02) in NYC absorbing the urban world of art, architecture, and exhibition before moving to a 175 year-old farmhouse with barn in Bucks County, PA. While being involved in restoring the house/barn and creating gardens, I documented a sense of this place in artist and published book form. In 2016, I published a history and photography book about my house built in 1845 -- Pear Tree Farm: The History of A House in Bucks County, PA.
Since 2002, I have been a volunteer in the Doylestown, PA community serving in the Readers' Advisory Service/Bucks County Free Library, historical research and documentation/Bucks County Historical Society, and eight years as an ESL tutor through Vita Education Services. In 2017, I became a docent at the James A. Michener Art Museum, and in 2020 I am co-host of a virtual meditative art program titled The Art of Stillness. In November, I was named Docent of the Year 2019. I continue to collaborate with the German ceramic artist Martina Thies of Berlin, Germany on our Blue & White Project (2018–2020), as well as explore my own book projects.