My website aims to describe my journey from inspiration to art. Every quilt has a story. These stories are as important to me as the finished quilts. I hope knowing these stories will help you understand what the quilts mean to me.
Working as an artist is as critical to me as breathing. I have always done it. I always will.
Inspiration for my wall quilts comes from the world around me. Words may leap from a page, a hymn or poem and I see a quilt idea. When I see the line of a fence against tall corn, the very first spring green in the trees on a hillside, freeway ramps wrapped around city buildings, the neighbors’ barn, the complexity of the center of a flower or the quiet sweeping horizontal lines of rich crops on the prairie, I want to preserve these images in fabric.
I have a background in many forms of art and training in traditional quilting techniques, but I found my voice in art quilting. My quilts are rich in color, varieties of textiles and textures. I employ machine and hand sewing and needle felting techniques. Luscious paints, dye resists, color discharge and unexpected fibers find their way into my work as well. Tiny quilts which I call “ConTEXTual quilts” are colorful reminders of thoughts and spirit.