Having grown up with many professional and amateur artists in my family, it was natural that I find a creative outlet. I first explored the artistic potential of the fiber arts over 35 years ago, under the tutelage of quilt teacher Kathryn Watts. While my favorite artist is Georgia O’Keefe, the early art quilts of Nancy Crow and Michael James first introduced me to the possibilities of utilizing textiles in art. Later, the work of my dear friend the late African-American folk art quilter Anna Williams gave me a new sense of freedom to break the “traditional rules.”
The textile art I create today incorporates many of the sewing techniques I learned as a young girl, expands upon those basics, and integrates exotic and interesting fibers, materials, paints, and dyes into each piece. This multitude of fibers and materials has become my paint and my canvas. The tactile qualities of the fibers that I incorporate into my art are essential to my work. The sense of touch is as important to me in the creative process as the sense of sight.
I am always eager to explore and learn new techniques, and I strive to continuously grow as an artist.
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 American Quilters Society, Des Moines Show
2010 Small Art Quilt Works, Main Street Gallery, Croton, NY
2010, 2011 Wiederspan Gallery, Cedar Rapids
2010-2011 "Art and Science", traveling show of Professional Art Quilters Alliance members
2010, 2011 Grinnell Area Arts Council, Iowa Art Quilters
2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 Iowa Art Quilters group exhibits, Fairfield Art Association, Fairfield Area Convention Center
2011, 2013, 2014 Fiber Arts Show, Central Iowa Arts Alliance, Marshalltown, IA
2011 Women in the Arts, Central Iowa Arts Alliance, Marshalltown, IA
2010, 2011, 2013 Studio Art Quilters Association silent benefit auction
2010 Des Moines Area Quilters Guild silent auction
2010, 2011, 2013 Fairfield Art Association member show
1984 Contemporary Quilt Show, State Street Gallery, Baton Rouge
1983 Fiber Arts Guild member show, LSU Union Gallery, Baton Rouge