My art quilts are a reflection of two areas of interest in my life. One is my playful side looking at nature especially tropical places and things that I enjoy as a young retiree on visits to Florida and the Caribbean. The other is my spiritual side that wants to create abstract images of things not seen.
This year I’m playing with synthetic fabrics. I love to layer sheers over bold colors to soften them down with a glow. With my “layers of life” arrangement of scraps of dance fabrics, satins, and other assorted textured materials I want to leave the viewer in a quiet, serene place. Walk by the seashore with me. I love to play with ribbons, beads, and shells for details to finish the experience.
But wait!! Batiks are very much a part of my quilting. Landscapes or tropical expressions will soon combine silks and satins with the organic look of batiks.
I am a retired art teacher with much experience and interest in combining techniques. I consider myself a designer more than a quilter. Art quilts appeal to me as a media because of the endless possibilities. Traditionally I’ve been a painter with oils and watercolors. Fabric has given me a new way to apply color.
On a personal level I’ve had the joy of making a memory quilt from clothing fabric and photos on fabric. It’s a special joy and very comforting to arrange memories for surviving family.
My artwork has hung in a variety of venues over the years. I’m most excited with my acceptance at Ohio State Fair Cox Fine Arts Center for three years now.