I started weaving 10 years ago when I retired from a business career and moved to the northern California coast. I started on a Navajo loom but switched over to a Rio Grande walking loom when I moved to Taos a few years later. My design inspiration has always come from the ancients: the Mayans in Mexico, the Incans in Peru, the Navajo in the American southwest, and the Hispanic Weavers of northern New Mexico. The design elements these gifted artisans created are more than decorative, they have political, cultural and religious meaning and reflect the rich traditions of these noble people. I use wools from the Churro sheep which were introduced to northern New Mexico by the early Spanish settlers. Most of my colors come from using natural dyes obtained mostly from plants native to this area.