I was born in Marengo, Iowa on August 30, 1961. I knew from an early age that I was going to be an artist. My mother tells the story of how she would let me draw on my bedroom wall and just paint me a new blank canvas when required and of how I won the Deep River District Art Contest before I could write my name. After moving to Loveland Colorado I continued my art studies at Thompson Valley High School. I studied weaving, textiles and figurative drawing at the University of Northern Colorado from 1979 until 1982. Growing up in Loveland I became friends with two of Bob Zimmerman'c children. It was Bob Zimmerman who started the first foundry in Loveland where he developed and perfected the bronze casting process and I was a young artistic girl in the middle of it all - he would call me Clarissa P DeDecker. After college I briefly studied weaving in France before returning to Loveland and the emerging sculpting scene and sculpture industry. I found a summer job (that lasted 8 years) with George Lundeen where I fell in love with the whole process of creating a bronze sculpture. I became a Member of the National Sculpture Society in New York City in 1998 and a Fellow in 2007. I currently have the honor of having over 175 public sculptures placed in 33 states. I feel deeply that have I have been greatly influenced by this city and after thirty years of sculpting have influenced and hopefully inspired others. I am fortunate to work with my siblings and raise our family in this creative environment I call home.