Born in Amarillo Texas, she now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She studied pottery, sculpture, and oil painting as she traveled with her husband who had a career in the military and lived 15 years in various South American countries. As the daughter of Tommy Hicks, the founder of Shidoni Foundry, she has turned her attention to steel sculpture in the form of functional art. Her welded steel tables reflect the simplicity of design and the beauty in the patina. She states that she loves to get into the welding process and esthetically soften up the hard steel; that once the fabrication of the table is finished, the patina is just as exciting by softening the steel table to resemble rich wood.