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About Calligraphica

I moved to the Walla Walla Valley from Portland, Oregon in 1976 and opened Calligraphica, my calligraphy and design studio in 1982.

I began the study of calligraphy as a high school student in Portland, a great center of the art form. The love of letters in their infinite variety and possibility has remained a constant throughout my life, and runs through all my creative work.

I have benefited from classes and workshops with many wonderful teachers– Jenny Groat, Gottfried Pott, Stan Knight, Marilyn Reaves, William Stewart and Annie Cicale, among others. Michael McPherson was my first calligraphy teacher; Jenny Groat my most influential mentor. Both were students of Lloyd Reynolds at Reed College, though 25 years apart. Reynolds' life and work have always been an inspiration.

My calligraphic work is mostly by commission. I produce calligraphy and graphic design for a wide variety of clients and I have collaborated with my husband, sculptor Wayne Chabre on several public art commissions. Occasionally I combine my letters with his drawings in my greeting cards.

I most often interpret the words of others– texts that appeal to me for personal, idiosyncratic reasons, but sometimes I write out my own poetry. I am a student of yoga and a long-time Buddhist meditator. Wayne and I have one son, Ara, and a grey tabby, Tsumi.

I hope you enjoy exploring the site. I'm happy to respond, if you have questions or comments about any of the work. Write to me from the Contact page.