I’ve lived in Wyoming for almost 40 years. The subtle color palette of the landscape makes it’s way into much of what I create. It is often the subtle colors that make the strong accent colors really pop.
I work in my studio 2-4 hours a day. My most productive time of year is in winter months, when I am not pulled out into the many gardens that I care for. My husband and I tend 9 landscape locations in town. Many of these are lightly tended xeric and perennial plants.
I have always participated in both art and music. My college degree was a bachelor of music. My mother, who was an oil painter and High School art teacher, in every day conversation and projects, passed along the principles of art to me. I have sung with the Gillette Chamber Singers for 32 years.
I’ve used the medium of fabric for 50 years. In the beginning I was drawn to it because it is clean. I now use some seta color (similar to watercolor), and some markers, crayons, and oil pastel to alter cotton and linen fabrics. I use these things sparingly, because it is important to me to retain the soft characteristics of natural cloth. I enjoy the juxtaposition of recycled plaid with hand painted and commercial fabrics. I try to have something unexpected in each piece.
Are you interested in my creative process and technique? The top three publications below spell out how I create most of my figurative artwork. However, one’s process evolves, and more recently I am doing less fusing and more sewing by hand. When doing a figurative piece, I still use a tracing of my image and work flat on a table. If I am not fusing, then I pin and tape things in place until I am ready to sew by hand. I sometimes talk about my process on blog posts: Conceptual Art, How is it done, and I don’t get it have a lot of information about process.
Art Quilt Portfolio People and Portraits, 2011
Quilting Arts magazine june/july 2011
Machine Quilting Unlimited, May 2011
Abstract & Geometric, 2016
Have the Right , presented by Picture Art Foundation, Nov 2011
State of the Art, The Studio Quilt, no. 6, November 2011Xhibit, 2011
Exhibitions 3&4, preston contemporary art
Quilting Arts magazine April/May 2011
500 Quilts by Lark Books, 2010
SAQA Journal Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Fall 2016
SAQA Art Quilt Quarterly, Winter 2017
Quilting Arts magazine Dec./Jan. 2010
Quilters Newsletter magazine Feb/March 2010
Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine Nov. 2010
Do I teach workshops? No
Do I give talks? Yes, sometimes in the Region.
My earthy tactile pieces show our connection to nature and to one another. In both my abstract conceptual and my figurative work this relationship is what I am drawn to, as well as ideas about time, impermanence and communion. Within the work I have a balance of unfinished imperfect areas with those portions clearly in focus.