Representational textile collage, using hand dyed and commercial fabrics and thread, is the best way to describe my work. I use my own photographs and drawings as a starting point, but I use artistic freedom to pull together the important elements when selecting fabrics and placing them for the final design. Each piece represents a personal reflection of my unique perception of my environment.
I am intrigued by color, value, line and pattern found in the world around me, both organic and man-made. I work in series in order to go deeper into each subject, both literally and figuratively. I love recording what I see with my camera, as well as with pen, ink and watercolor. I carry a sketchbook with me at all times as I find it is the perfect way to record often forgotten details, as well as find the extraordinary in the mundane.
I grew up in a creative family and was taught many crafts as a young child. Over the years, I developed my innate sense of color and design with various mediums. I learned to sew at age 10 and have always had an affinity towards fabric and needle arts, making garments and gifts for my family and friends. After a hiatus, I returned to making traditional quilts in 2006, and gradually moved into the textile art arena where I found true freedom of expression.
My home, family and studio are in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where there is constant visual drama from the four seasons, the mountains and lakes.