As a teen, I made macrame wall hangings, which led to an MFA degree in weaving under the mentorship of Roger K. Thomason. Off-loom woven sculptures eventually led to my current basketry work. My palette series utilizes the format of the tobacco basket, a large square shallow basket used to display the product. Because my narrative baskets are displayed on a wall as are paintings, they enable me to literally “paint with reed”. My three-dimensional series is based upon indigenous fish, crab, eel, and lobster traps where I incorporate the concepts of captivity, isolation, censorship, and imprisonment. My work incorporates non-basketry materials, including recyclables and castoffs.