Gwen was born on July, 13th 1964 in Detroit, Michigan and later moved with her family to Milan, Michigan.
She graduated from high school and enrolled in Eastern Michigan University where she studied many different disciplines including painting, textiles and sculpture. She received a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a minored in costume design.
While in college, she attended her first pow-wow on her twentieth birthday. “She was instantly awestruck and fascinated by the beadwork she saw and was determined to master this new (to her) art form.” Since then, she has been doing beadwork and studying books and museum collections for inspiration. She has won several awards and “best of shows” in past years.
She is married and currently lives in Michigan. Gwen says, "Beadwork is the second love of my life; Michael is, of course, the first."