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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.

Exhibits and Shows

  • Wings and Water,  Prairie du Sac, WI  2018  juried
  • ‘Seascapes’ – Light Space & Time Online Gallery  November 2016  juried
  • SAQA ‘Tranquility’,  Multiple Locations 2016-2019   juried
  • Terrain 8,  Spokane, WA 2015   juried
  • Sacred Threads,  Herndon, VA 2015   juried
  • National Fiber Directions,  Wichita, KS 2015   juried
  • Road to California,  Ontario, CA 2015   juried
  • IQF ‘Tactile Architecture’,  Multiple Locations 2014-2015   juried
  • SAQA ‘Redirecting the Ordinary’,  Multiple Locations 2014-2017   juried
  • Northwest Quilt Expo, Portland, OR 2014   juried
  • Solo Show,  CHAS Health, Spokane, WA 2014,   invitational
  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV,  Hampton, VA 2014   juried
  • Pacific West Quilt Show, Tacoma, WA  2013   juried
  • Denver National Quilt Festival VIII,  Denver, CO  2013   juried
  • Pacific West Quilt Show, Tacoma, WA  2012  juried
  • Art of the Needle’Pend Oreille Arts Council, Panhandle State Bank, Sandpoint, ID 2012  invitational
  • Denver National Quilt Festival VII,  Denver, CO 2012   invitational, as part of the ‘Broad Spectrum’ exhibit
  • ‘Broad Spectrum: Contemporary Quilts of Montana and Idaho’, a SAQA regional exhibit, Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT, 2012  juried
  • Fiber and Fabric, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 2011
  • Pacific West Quilt Show, Tacoma, WA, 2011  juried
  • ‘Journeys’:  Fabrications Quilt Exhibition,  Jacklin Arts Center, Post Falls, ID, 2010  juried

Publications

  • Machine Quilting Unlimited – 2017 Calendar
  • Machine Quilting Unlimited – Nov/Dec 2016
  • SAQA Journal – Vol 3, 2016
  • Machine Quilting Unlimited – Mar/Apr 2016
  • Fiber Art Now – Winter 2014
  • SAQA Journal – Fall 2013
  • Machine Quilting Unlimited – Jan/Feb 2013

Awards and Recognition

  • ‘Seascapes’ – Light Space & Time Online Gallery  November 2016  Special Merit
  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXV,  Hampton, VA 2014   Best Interpretation of Theme
  • Pacific West Quilt Show, Tacoma, WA, 2012 Third Place
  • ‘Journeys’:  Fabrications Quilt Exhibition, Jacklin Arts Center, Post Falls, ID, 2010   Best of Show

Professional Memberships

  •  Studio Art Quilt Associates, Artist Member
  • Association of Pacific West Quilters
  • Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance
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