I grew up in the small town of Greenfield, Indiana (USA); it sometimes amuses me that I've ended up in such a different place than where I started.
I studied art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and Florence, Italy. University was my first multicultural experience, I loved it so much that I've lived in big cities ever since, leaving my idyllic childhood landscapes behind.
Growing up in a rural community is where I learned to create, as this was a way of life for my family.
I met my husband in Chicago, Illinois where we lived for many years. We moved with our children to Israel in 2000
It was important to me to acquaint some of my American culture to my three girls and one way I did this was by involving them in the store we opened in Neve Tzedek, Israel, called Burch and Daughters.
The store was a showcase for my handmade dolls, puppets, and theater-quality costumes.
The girls grew up in this store among talented artisans and art, helping me with customers, modeling and playing with merchandise!
As the girls grew up, my artistic focus changed from the joys of children to the interests and joys of my own! I began creating felted sculptures of animals, puppets and dolls with political and social messages. I added oil painting to my artistic repertoire and now I spend my time painting things that inspire me, there are so many.
I start to work late afternoon to evening, I'm a night person. I work in my home studio, it's an inspirational space! My home is in a 300-year-old Ottoman (Turkish style) building in the ancient port city of Jaffa Israel, my studio is one of the rooms of the apartment.
The walls are made of large stones with 16 feet vaulted ceilings, we rehabbed the inside of this ancient building in a modern style. Our apartment is next to a mosque, you can see the minaret from our balcony and hear the call to prayers several times a day; the space has a timeless quality about it.
I have my favorite works hanging up around me in the studio, I also have an inspiration board in my studio which gives me joy. One of my favorite pieces in my studio is the wooden tool chest my father made, it’s a work of art.