I saw my first Sailors' Valentines at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel Island in 1996, shortly after the museum opened. I stood looking at the pieces for almost an hour, marveling at the intricacy of the shell work and the extraordinary breadth of the shells' shapes, textures, and colors. After that, I sought out any resource that had photos of or information about Sailors' Valentines.
In 2002, I made my first Sailors' Valentine and the following year I entered my work in the world renowned Sanibel Shell Show. I am honored to have won awards there and elsewhere, and equally honored to have met and formed friendships with some of the finest contemporary Sailors' Valentine artists.
My work has been sold in galleries in New England, Florida, and Barbados. On February 14, 2011, Barbados issued four Commemorative stamps featuring Sailors' Valentines, one of which featured my piece titled "Evermore".
In addition to making Sailors' Valentines, my husband and I have restored many pieces from the 1800s from the collections of people in both the United States and Barbados. This process has led me to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for this awe-inspiring art form.