Beginning with the sewing skills learned as a young girl, I have incorporated many of these same techniques and sewing supplies, expanded upon the basics, and incorporated exotic and interesting fibers and materials, paints and dyes, to create my art. This multitude of fibers and materials has become my paint and my canvas.
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 30 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 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 strive to continuously grow as an artist.
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 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 Iowa Art Quilters Contemporary Art Quilts, 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 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
Galleries:2010- 2012: Iowa Artisan Gallery, Iowa City