After enjoyable and gratifying careers in the medical and business fields I find myself on a journey to uncover, develop and to express this inner artist that I have joyfully discovered. While I am focused on designing and making art quilts I am also a photographer and have been doing more mixed media of late. My poetry began as a means of self expression while journalling but I found that it is increasingly a practice that I enjoy for its own sake.
I took the plunge last year to concentrate on developing my artistic techniques and business. At this time I just can’t imagine doing anything else – I feel like I’ve “come home” to my work as an artist.
I learned how to sew and knit as a young child. For many years I admired the quilts made by my mother and others but didn’t have the time to learn quilting myself. I concentrated on developing my photographic skills during that time. Finally, upon receiving a gorgeous braid quilt from my mom in 2001, I knew that I HAD to learn how to do this.
Very quickly I realized that most “traditional” quilting was too confining – I needed to be able to use my imagination and creativity more. This led to an interest in art quilting and I’ve been busy soaking up all kinds of techniques and adapting them to my creations.
I love to work with all kinds of fibers and embellishments in order to create texture and to use various painting techniques to get just the effect that I’m looking for.
I am in love with color – saturated vibrant color. An example of “fun” for me is experimenting with color combinations that defy the rules. I have also learned that there truly are no “quilt police” when it comes to one’s personal expression of creativity; no right or wrong way. It just has to feel right and look right to you; – it is all a voyage of discovery.