Artist Statement

My work is almost entirely machine pieced and quilted. I piece my works because I like the fact that, while it is an art quilt which would never grace a bed, it still makes reference to the heritage of quilting. I love thinking about  the fabrics as I arrange them. I remember the days spent dying and printing and the trips all over the world where I’ve gathered these fabrics. I imagine our grandmothers must have done something similar as they pieced old garments into new bedcoverings.

I usually begin with photographs. I comb through them looking for colors and color combinations. The subject of the photos is not necessarily what the piece will be about. Sometimes it is just about color. Although most of the time I look for photos which present the images I’m hoping to convey.  Then the fun begins.


About me

I graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California with a degree in painting & weaving. I had a long career as a graphic designer in Cincinnati. After retiring to The Sea Ranch on the north Sonoma coast of California, I have recently moved to Tucson where I am pursuing my love of fiber art. Sewing since I was twelve, I combine my graphic design skills with stitching in my pieces.

AWARDS AND HONORS
Best in Show, Journeys, AZ chapter SAQA show, Tucson, AZ 2014
Purchase Prize, Artrageous: Art Quilts XVII, Chandler Center
    for the Arts,     Chandler, AZ, 2013
Best in Show, Inspired by Art, Contents Interiors, Tucson, AZ 2013
Best Use of Embellishment/Innovative, Pacific International
    Quilt Festival,  Santa Clara, CA—2009
First prize/Fibers, Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA—2009
Best Local Work, Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA—2008
First prize/Quilts, Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA—2008
Friends of the Gualala River Award, Art in the Redwoods,
    Gualala, CA—2006
SELECTED JURIED GROUP SHOWS
Concrete and Grassland, Grants Pass Art  Museum, Grants Pass, Oregon 2016
In Full Bloom, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2016
Quilt National, Athens, Ohio, 2015
The Sky Above, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2015
Journeys, SAQA Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2014
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, 2013
ARTrageous: Art Quilts XVII, Chandler Center for the Arts,
   Chandler, AZ, 2013
Threads, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ, 2013
Dias de los Muertos, Tohono Chul Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2013
Inspired by Art, Contents Interiors, Tucson, AZ 2013 (best in show)
SAQA The Seasonal Palette, Houston, TX (then traveling)—2012-2016
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA—2006, 2008, 2009, 2011
Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA—2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Celebrate Spring, International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL traveling—2010
Arts on Fire, Pacifica, CA—2010
Bay Area Annual, Pacifica, CA—2010