I was born In Kamiah, Idaho in 1945. I moved to Lake Oswego at the age of seven. By the time I graduated high school I had already collected a large number of antique furniture pieces. Collecting has always been part of my life and work. After high school I moved to Portland and started a boutique clothing store called the White Goose. I and others sewed all the clothing for the store. The store closed fecause of the growth of Portland State which consumed our building.
I went on to work in textiles of all kinds and to teach textile arts at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. My fabric sculpture work was shown at Contemporary Crafts as well as other galleries.
Eventually I became involved with my future husband and business partner, Michael Pratt. We started a pottery studio that evolved into Pratt and Larson Ceramics. We opened our first showroom in Portland, Pratt and Larson Tile. We manufactured and displayed our tile, at one point having nearly 150 employees. Our tile was formatted in collections by style and use. The company became very successful and nationally recognized.
Around 2003, I inadvertently retired from Pratt and Larson. It didn’t take. With some help and luck, I soon opened Sidestreet Gallery. I continue to work as a collage artist in many mediums. Collage takes a lot of collecting as does a business. A store or gallery is a collection and the strength of the collection is what the fun and the adventure is about.